“Ten years ago, it seemed like a dream. Now, it feels within reach.”
Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking are playing poker together.
No, this isn’t a bad physics joke. It’s a scene from “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” It takes place in a holodeck, a simulated-reality room in the fictional Star Trek universe. The three scientists — or at least computer-generated versions of them — have been transported to the 2300s to play cards with Lt. Cmdr. Data.
“I don’t even know why I’m here in the first place,” Newton says.
While the show is set in the future, some scientists and researchers say we could have something like holodecks by 2024. If you have enough money, you could even buy one today, though it would be crude compared to the holodecks on Star Trek.
This is all part of a quest by computer companies, Hollywood and video game makers to move entertainment closer to reality — or at least a computer-generated version of reality. Rather than simply watch movies, the thinking goes, we could become part of the story. We could see people and things moving around our living rooms. The actors could talk to us. Gamers who today slouch on the couch could step inside their games. They could pick up a computer-simulated bat in computer-simulated Yankee Stadium while a computer-simulated crowd roared around them.
“The holodeck is something we’ve been fixated on here for a number of years as a future target experience that would be truly immersive,” said Phil Rogers, a corporate fellow at Advanced Micro Devices, the computer chip maker. “Ten years ago, it seemed like a dream. Now, it feels within reach.”
At A.M.D.’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., Mr. Rogers and his team have built a version of a holodeck. It’s shaped like a dome and is covered with wall-to-wall projectors. The room uses surround sound, augmented reality and other technologies to recreate the real world.
“Eventually, wallpaper will become intelligent and we will paper over our entire living room with intelligent paper, surrounding and immersing ourselves with 3-D images,” said Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist. “Much of this technology already exists, but in crude form.”
How would you walk through these virtual worlds without hitting your bedroom or office wall? The United States Army Research Laboratory has already solved that problem. It has created a floor called an “omnidirectional treadmill” that enables people to seemingly wander around a room while the floor moves and the person stays in place.
This all sounds fun. But it also sounds terrifying to some industries.
The Latest on: Holodeck
via Google News
The Latest on: Holodeck
- VR in business: becoming increasingly realon October 13, 2019 at 11:27 pm
If you know that a warp drive won’t function without a dilithium crystal, and that diseases can be simply diagnosed with a tricorder, you’ll certainly be familiar with the concept of a holodeck. A ...
- Op-Ed: The holodeck has arrived - Nanoscale 3D light manipulationon October 6, 2019 at 1:07 pm
Seattle - Is this the material that can create the holodeck? Could be. A new class of surprisingly versatile precision nanomaterials can deliver manageable active 3D light, and you can almost hear the ...
- Inside the world’s first VR CAVE meeting roomon October 2, 2019 at 3:56 am
Ehrhardt + Partner Group (EPG) has opened the world’s first VR CAVE meeting room, or ‘holodeck’, thanks to the expertise of integrator Viscon and VIOSO’s calibration technology. EPG’s 7m x 7m holodeck ...
- Oculus Quest might be the first “must have” VRon September 30, 2019 at 12:46 pm
Oculus Link takes the Quest closer to its high-end siblings. Hand tracking and new passthrough tech, meanwhile, bring the Quest closer and closer to that Holodeck-like fantasy of VR that so many of us ...
- Project Holodeck aims to produce best Star Trek holodeck yeton August 25, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Virtual reality is what many people (including John Carmack) see gaming will eventually become–wearing a headset and being completely immersed in the experience. One team at the University of Southern ...
- JUST IN: Navy Wants Its Own ‘Holodeck’ Simulatoron April 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Moran said the Navy could use something along the lines of Star Trek’s fictional "Holodeck" technology to produce realistic environments for training purposes. “We need a Holodeck for our ships,” he ...
- A real step towards the virtual holodeckon March 25, 2019 at 5:01 pm
Patrick Stewart and Alfre Woodard in a Holodeck scene from Star Trek: First Contact. Image: Paramount Pictures (Fair Use) The Holodeck was a major feature of many episodes of Star Trek: the Next ...
- How I Nearly Killed My Company and Spent My Life-Savings Building the Holodeckon January 28, 2019 at 4:11 pm
Our goal? To build the Holodeck. When we started the company, consumer VR didn’t sit right with me. We asked ourselves — is this really the VR experience that people actually want? Do people really ...
- STRATACACHE Announces New Immersive Virtual Retail Experience Powered by NVIDIA Holodeckon January 14, 2019 at 12:00 am
DAYTON, Ohio, Jan. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Bringing immersive design experiences to the retail market, STRATACACHE today announced it will debut virtual reality (VR) shopping, created by Scala ...
- Holodeck Follies - Spontaneous Star Trek at Comedy Baron November 9, 2018 at 11:14 am
Although we endeavour to provide the most accurate description of the event listing and venue, we are not responsible or liable for errors and omissions in the event description, location or intended ...
via Bing News