Although the concept sounds as futuristic as the film, researchers from the MIT Media Lab’s Object-Based Media Group report holographic televisions could be in living rooms within the next 10 years—and at the cost of today’s two-dimensional sets, according toBusinessweek.
Daniel Smalley, a graduate student from the MIT Media Lab, is working alongside fellow students James Barabas and Sundeep Jolly, as well Quinn Smithwick, a research scientist at Disney Research, and head of the Object-Based Media Group Michael Bove.
Together, they have created a holographic-video display, fueled largely by an optical chip that costs roughly $10 and has a resolution “roughly that of a standard-definition TV” that can “update video images 30 times a second,” according to a statement.
The chip is also 20 years in the making. Late MIT Media Lab Professor Stephen Benton created one of the first holographic-video displays in the late ‘80s, and researchers have been tweaking his technology ever since. The current chip has already successfully projected several holograms, and the group is in talks with the lab’s corporate members about acquiring the technology.
For a closer look at MIT’s holographic TV, check out the video featuring Bove below.