There are already a number of desktop trinkets touting holographic technology that give the impression that mere objects are floating in the air. Holus is not part of it: Holus is a new holographic way to discover your old boring 2D content.
Essentially, Holus is little more than a big box of glass with a pyramid inside. But he uses this pyramid to recreate digital content using the old “Pepper’s Ghost” technique, rendering it 3D and projecting it inside the pyramid space. As a result, it seems that the object is really there – and Holus has several ideas on how to use it in the real world.
Since the holographic chamber can accept images from computers, tablets and smartphones, it can turn a lot of content into a hologram – for better or for worse. The Pro version has the most options, with an HDMI port and an SDK tool for developers. It’s great for innovators, engineers and those who like to tinker – while being convenient for businesses. Imagine riding your webcam on top and talking with a holographic image instead of a flat screen for your next conference.
Another interesting possibility is the use in schools: Holus suggests raising a strand of DNA or a solar system model from a 2D environment to explain it more completely to the students gathered around the hologram.
However, home publishing also has many potential uses. One of the most exciting is a home game development, where a digital board game – say, from an iPad app – can be given 3D life on the table while you play. You can also use it to talk with family members remotely. There is a tablet computer stand at the base of the Holus box that also facilitates Facetime or gameplay.
The Kickstarter for this practical hologram box has already far exceeded its goals, so let’s talk about price. Prices for early birds have already disappeared, but there are still options for a Holus “late bird” at $ 560 for the normal house model and $ 660 for the Pro model. By pledging $ 750, you’ll get a Leap Motion sensor to facilitate holo conversations.