A radical new holographic technology was recently presented by Voxon at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. The company’s VoxieBox “prints light” thousands of times per second in three directions, resulting in a realistic illusion not unlike Star Wars droid R2D2’s holographic message from Princess Leia. This invention was conceived in Alan Jackson’s garage, and has been 30 years in the making.
But there is one important question that must be asked. What kind of impact will it have and will people be willing to invest in a technology which the company admits is expensive and difficult to scale?
This holographic technology is no HoloLens
Voxon believes the VoxieBox could be used by teachers, artists, film directors, and a variety of other industries, stating that no other holographic technology in development shows any similarity.
Unlike Microsoft’s HoloLens, which debuted earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, the VoxieBox does not require a visor or pair of goggles to perform its function. The invention’s designers hope this will set it apart from the competition and allow it to provide similarly versatile utility.
Voxon is currently in talks with SpaceX to adapt the technology for satellites, and also with several Hollywood movie studios. The VoxieBox is only just now finding a spotlight to showcase itself, so it may be some time before we know if the product finds a mainstream audience.
The company is searching for developers willing to experiment with the holographic technology, while also planning more showcasing events by taking advantage of kickstarter site Indiegogo to attract artists.
What do you think? Can you imagine watching the next great TV show or movie on a holographic television set, or are we not ready for that kind of radical departure from traditional viewing?