Star Wars Holograms Becoming a Reality

Alexis Banks, Contributor

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Holograms have been an obsession of the future ever since Princess Leia appeared to Obi Wan in the first Star-Wars movie. This appearance has lead to a new project called the Princess Leia Project. Researchers in Provo, Utah have been trying to turn holograms into a reality. “They’ve developed a way to project 3D images that appears to be floating in thin air, ” said an article done by NBC news.

A hologram is a three-dimensional image formed by the interference of light beams from a laser or other coherent light sources. These researchers have found a way to “trap and manipulate tiny particles in free space” creating certain hologram images. So far, all they have been able to create where different images of butterflies, the BYU logo, and a prism. As of right now, these projections are only tiny projections, but Daniel Smalley said this will soon turn into much more.

Daniel is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. He believes that one day these holograms will ” one day be useful for medical imaging” or “to generate 3D images that serve as road maps that guide surgeons through challenging processes. The research and production put into these holograms aren’t just to bring Star Wars to life, they would change the world for the better.

As for when the hologram will be finished, that information remains unknown. Its just a struggle getting the tiny images to appear in thin air, and to create full functioning and large moving holograms will take a while. But when they come, they will make a lasting impression on the world and everyday life.

Source:

https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/how-scientists-are-turning-star-wars-holograms-reality-ncna843816

 

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