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World’s first ‘retina resolution’ holograms are here, startup claims

World’s first ‘retina resolution’ holograms are here, startup claims

UK startup VividQ claims to have created the first-ever holograms with a “retina resolution.”

The milestone means holography can now match the resolution and real-life focus cues expected by the human eye, according to VividQ. The result is a “more natural viewing experience than ever before,” the company said. It now plans to deploy the tech in next-generation VR headsets.

To create the holograms, the company engineers light waves to render objects in 3D space. The technique mirrors the way we see objects because they reflect light into our eyes. In holography, software sets the light pathways.

VividQ projects the computer-generated images through high-performance 4K display hardware. Consequently, 3D holographic objects can be placed at any distance within a person’s focal range. Users can then naturally shift focus between the objects.

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VividQ expects the impact to be first felt in VR and mixed reality applications — especially gaming. In a press release, the company said the holograms will offer users “unparalleled” levels of immersion and realism.

They could also solve some common problems for virtual reality.

An image on the left shows a holographic cat in focus. An image on the right shows a holographic butterfly in focus