I Want This Holographic iPad To Be Real [CES 2012]


iPad hologram

LAS VEGAS, CES 2012 – As a kid who grew up in the ’80s, I feel robbed by the tech industry. Robbed, spit upon, and laughed at by a bunch of bald guys in suits who have deprived the ghost of my youth by failing to give me the technology they flaunted when I was a kid. I was promised holograms, damn it, so where the hell are they? Compared to holograms, touchscreens just seem like caveman technology.

Wading through the heaping mess of CES rubbish, I got lost in a time vortex. When I popped out the other side, I stumbled upon this little beauty. Behold! The holographic iPad!

Well, kind of.

Here’s the truth: this holographic iPad isn’t real. Instead, this is an illusion created by InnoVision, a small company from Taipei that makes “HoloAds.” Using a glass cage enclosure to project a hologram above any device, InnoVision’s technology makes 2D videos look like 3D holograms.

Any Adobe Flash .FLV video can be used for the projected holograms, but an enclosure that can play 2 HoloAds at once costs an absurd $5000. Why is the cost so high? Apparently they can’t make them any cheaper and they only sell 300-400 units a year.

So close, yet so far. I thought George Lucas was supposed to be working on this. I’ve been waiting 25 years, and I’ve spent five days at the sausagefest of CES: why can’t I holographically FaceTime with my girlfriend yet?

Come on, Apple. It’s time for holographic iPads. You already gave us all the Retina Display. Embrace the future!

The holographic iPad 5. You know we want it.

  • bsimpsen

    Physics won’t allow what you want. What physics allow, you won’t want. Move on.

  • Dan Miller

    For holograms to work they will need to find a way to make light stop at a point. Currently they is no tech out there that can do it.

  • Robert Letton

    Actually, I have worked out the math. It is a physics problem but not one that has to do with making light stop at a point. It could be done with an array of fisheye lens and projectors or with a wide projector, with an electronic lens to cause the projection to be bent like a fisheye lens over time.  Of course it would require a lot of data. Object images would display in front of and behind the lens just as it does with the 3D movies but much cleaner; without 3D glasses and a lot less data.  of course with goggles, the same effect could be achieved without the projector; side displays could provide realistic peripheral vision and a joystick could enable one to look in behind objects. Of course it would be animated.