Hologram Google Earth

Check out this cool display and interface with Google Earth:

Holographic Google Earth from Nicolas Loeillot on Vimeo.
The technology comes from UbiqWindow and lets a computer screen be projected in mid-air. They have devised a touchless way to interact with the “hologram”, and Google Earth is a great way to show off its capabilities. it’s not a 3D projection, just 2D. But, it sure looks cool. via Google Earth Design

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



Comments

  1. This video is so cool, I feel like its from some futuristic movie.

  2. Frank, I thought you might be interested in this link. Johhny Chung Lee has devised a few 3D software programs that are controlled with a Nintendo Wii sensor. There are 3 videos on this link; the most interesting being the 3rd in my opinion. http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/projects/wii/

  3. Without a doubt, 1st Class !

  4. It doesn’t seem a real hologram. It’s a projection over a surface. Nothing truly new.

  5. FAIL. Holograms don’t reflect the user like a mirror.

  6. This is the Metaverse Neal Stephenson discussed in Snow Crash in 1992!

  7. I get the impression he’s trying to insinuate that it’s a multi-touch display by using the two finger pinch and stretch. I really don’t think that is a particulaly honest demonstration.
    -r

  8. unfortunately at 47 sec we can see that it doesn’t zoom exactly in the position the guy is expecting to… c’est la vie! =)

  9. That is so freaking cool! i want i want i want!! :P

  10. rakshiv says:

    @Marc B.
    You do know how “Holograms” work right it’s basicly light getting reflected onto an object from many angles. the ones in star trek for instance use a force field for it to be emitted on, it’s also why they can’t leave the area that isn’t equiped with holoemitters
    So yes, it is a hologram that’s projected on a series of really thin strands of some material (not sure what)

  11. not a hologram, very disappointed :(

  12. apotekaris says:

    Not a real hologram, no, but we’re getting there.
    It won’t be long now.

  13. How do you record Hologram on a 2D camera and still appears in 3D?

  14. Doctor Creek says:

    Not a hologram, however a very nice blend of technologies.

  15. Yes I agree with the comment above. Chung Lee’s videos demonstrate how you could make something similar yourself:
    http://www.edutube.org/en/educational-technology
    See for example: http://www.edutube.org/en/video/low-cost-multi-touch-whiteboard-using-wiimote

  16. even if its not a true hologram, brilliant effort nonetheless.

  17. Hi all,
    True hologram or not,it’s still one of the coolest things i have seen.

  18. Johnny Chung Lee’s software application is brilliant if there was a way of integrating it to be used with the next generation of hd consoles?

  19. This definitely gives a better view of the earth. I have to agree the software still needs a bit more tweaking and although it isn’t really a hologram I’m giving Johnny Chung Lee’s application props for the effort. Tried it using my Sanyo LCD projector and I can say that the younger generation would benefit a lot from this software.

  20. This definitely gives a better view of the earth. I have to agree the software still needs a bit more tweaking and although it isn’t really a hologram I’m giving Johnny Chung Lee’s application props for the effort. Tried it using my Sanyo LCD projector and I can say that the younger generation would definitely benefit a lot from this software.

  21. Holy mother of God! Now those holograms in futuristic movies has finally been realized.
    How long before missile launchers use this tech for digital warfare? Oh man! There’s just so many applications and it will be absolutely cool too!

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