Great news for the Star Wars fans out there. Researchers from USC have taken us a step further in the quest for a 3D Holographic Display. They are now able to present interactive 3D graphics to multiple viewers, from all angles.
It consists of a high-speed video projector, a spinning mirror and FPGA circuitry to decode specially rendered DVI video signals.
The display uses a standard programmable graphics card to render over 5,000 images per second of interactive 3D graphics, projecting 360-degree views with 1.25 degree separation up to 20 updates per second. We describe the system’s projection geometry and its calibration process, and we present a multiple-center-of-projection rendering technique for creating perspective-correct images from arbitrary viewpoints around the display. Our projection technique allows correct vertical perspective and parallax to be rendered for any height and distance when these parameters are known, and we demonstrate this effect with interactive raster graphics using a tracking system to measure the viewer’s height and distance. We further apply our projection technique to the display of photographed light fields with accurate horizontal and vertical parallax.
And the video to top it off.