A science-fiction invention that is now a reality

By Chanak Maduranga

Published on:

A science-fiction invention that is now a reality
Spread the love

Technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, and not only in engines or renewable energies. A group of experts has just achieved the impossible with the first hologram you can touch. How did they do it? We are not talking about 3D, not even 4D, but something even more futuristic that we have only seen so far in science fiction. We tell you what the invention is, how it has been developed, and what plans there are now.

From science fiction to reality: This is the first hologram you can touch and interact with

It is a new innovation identified as AirTouch, from a company called Neural Lab, that is going to transform how users engage content found on their electronics. Adding to that, the concept of AirTouch seems to be borrowed from sci-fi movies, where a person’s hand and a webcam facilitate the manipulation of holographs and virtual interfaces.

AirTouch operates through holographic plate, optic, sensorial and embedded algorithms such that a compelling visual display is achieved. By using air gestures, users can view and manage digital content displayed on any surface, including the wall, the window or the table.

The technology is discreet, choice does not depend on depth-sensing cameras, thus the application is hardware-agnostic. Rather, it may increase the range and resolution of the described gestures with the help of various cameras at its disposal. Algorithms are used in AirTouch, and they figure out the speed of the motion of the user and give much better control than the usual on/off.

Hologram or “touch-logram”? Experts are shocked by what they have achieved

Neural Lab publicly presented AirTouch at the Convention for Electronics Systems 2024, and people could try it for themselves. The demonstrations comprised the common use of turning ordinary surfaces into touchless screens and futuristic sci-fi interaction using transparent and holographic screens.

They are also planning with a large Fortune 50 medical-tech company for the incorporation of Air Touch into surgical navigation, which they anticipate will be on the market. It will be remembered that Neural Lab, the creator of air gesture technology, has been busy trying to bring this product to reality in the form of AirTouch which has come closer to reality by the end of Part 4.

Some keys to understanding AirTouch holograms: From NanoAR to future plans

The company’s chief technical officer, Oliver Chen, said that what they do is ‘training’ the computer to interpret the visual signals ‘as people do’. Neural Lab has discovered in AirTouch the epitome of the interactivity between humans and computers and is eager to get it out there.

  • AirTouch’s secret sauce: The algorithms of Neural Lab are able to create a much better and more conscious view, while considering the meaning of the visuals as well as the objective of the user.
  • Collaboration with NanoAR: Neural Lab is working with NanoAR to incorporate AirTouch into the windshields of automobiles and make the screens that are holographic and transparent.
  • Comparison with existing technologies: AirTouch shall improve the strategy of interacting with technology and bring more value to the life of a user than such technologies, which work unconsciously and sometimes even cause a number of side effects and which users need to shut down immediately.
  • Potential applications: It is possible that AirTouch could be incorporated into slot machines while turning visible information into a list of tasks to be accomplished instead of just a button to be pressed.
  • Hygienic and convenient: Compared to the use of touch screens, Holographic Touch adds another level of touchless interaction by involving customers in interacting with holograms in the midair with the help of projected images, which is much more attractive and appealing to the customers as well as being very sanitary.

Did you imagine being able to touch a hologram? This invention could add a new digit to the letter “D”, but it goes much further than that. This is a historic breakthrough in digitization that not even virtual reality has achieved. What would it be like to be able to touch what you see with VR glasses? The truth is that they haven’t gone that far yet, although everything points to the fact that they are not far away from achieving it, seeing how far they have advanced.

Chanak Maduranga

passionate journalist behind 'USA News Now 24', dedicated to delivering timely and accurate updates on US affairs. Committed to journalistic integrity and informing audiences with credible news coverage.

Leave a Comment