Dec 162010

It wasn’t so long ago when those wanting to visualize the landscape around them would have to use a topographic map and a fair bit of imagination.

Nowadays we are spoilt by the immersive opportunities offered by the likes of Google Earth, or even GPS technology, but there’s nothing quite like a holographic image for recreating a 3D representation of the surrounding terrain on a 2D surface. While the digital holographic prints produced by Zebra Imaging are not exactly as pocket-friendly as maps, they are quite simply stunning.

With the speed at which technology is moving, it won’t be too long before those of us who like to wander through the streets and ramble through the countryside will be able to reach into our pockets for a lifelike three-dimensional representation of the terrain in front of us. The cutting edge combination of laser, optics and image processing technology used by Zebra Imaging already allows for the creation of lifelike 3D holographic visualizations in a format that can be rolled up and transported around.

The company takes three-dimensional digital data from sources like CAD models, laser scans and satellite imagery and produces a single portable, film-based hologram that can be made to jump out from the surface with the aid of a halogen or LED light source. Zebra explains that “the light is reflected and controlled by hogels and combines and emerges from the hologram surface in the same way it would if a solid physical model were actually there.”

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