Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Coming Soon: Holograph TV and 3-D Printing

Holographic television and three-dimensional printing may (relatively) soon become parts of your everyday life. As CNN reports (h/t: DJ), advances in erasable and rewritable holographic image displays represent an important first step in making 3-D teevee a reality. Dr. Nasser Peyghambarian, the photonics/lasers expert quoted in the story, suggests it could reach the market in 5-10 years.

3-D printers have been used by design and engineering firms for some time. Known as rapid prototyping, these sometimes enormous machines perform a variety of tasks from making models to creating metal replacement parts for ships. There are great implications for engineering, medicine, art, recreation, and of course, business.

Imagine the Lebron James's Nike ad - he dunks in your living room and gives you a link to a site where you can buy and then print your shoes, in your own design, color and fit.

(image credit: University of Arizona)