Solution to be demonstrated at CES 2022
Tekle Holographics, the company that builds software for real-time holographic images has created a breakthrough in holographic solutions. Now for the first time it is possible to convert real-time video footage into an immersive 3D holographic display.
“Technically, this is an enormous step forward”, says Michel Tzsfaldet, founder and CEO of Tekle Holographics. “Holographic displays require enormous amounts of data, which is why it has historically been difficult to use real-time data. With video, the challenges are even bigger, because the amount of data generated by 8K or even 16K cameras is huge. Our solution is able to capture the video data in real-time and convert it into a real hologram.”
Tekle’s holographics solutions create real 3D holograms, which can be viewed without the need for a headset, like in VR. Other solutions look like they are 3D and are advertised as ‘holograms’ but are in fact no more than enhanced 2D. Examples are concerts in which the artists are projected on a stage gauze. “A real hologram stands out from any other kind of display”, explains Tzsfaldet. “You can walk around it and through it, and that is impossible with AR, VR or stage holograms.”
There are many applications that can benefit from real-time holographic video. Most obvious is the metaverse that got a lot of attention lately. Real-time holographic video means there is no need for an animated avatar, but a user can be in the virtual world with a real image. “Imagine being in a videocall, where the spaces of everyone are connected into one large meeting room in full immersive 3D”, says Tzsfaldet.
Other solutions can be created for situations where objects need to be monitored from a distance. In the offshore industry the cranes are so huge that it’s impossible for the operator to see what is happening on the platform below. This is why they have a 2D screen in the cabin. With a real-time holographic display, they would have a more precise view, which makes it easier to operate the crane.
Another example is the large windmill fields at sea, where the individual windmills need to be inspected at regular intervals. This is very expensive, because it requires the use of helicopters, fuel, crew. With a real-time holographic camera set-up at every windmill parc, inspection can take place from the convenience of an office on the shore.
Tekle Holographics has a number of devices and solutions based around its software. The technology can quickly visualize complex multibody dynamics calculations. Think of images that can be used in research on the human body, robotics, and other mechanical systems. Rendering with the application of Tekle Holographics not only saves time but also requires substantially less energy to perform calculations.
One of the great applications of Tekle Holographics is the possibility to create a digital twin in full immersive 3D. Given the right data from specific sources like building information management, geographic information systems and point cloud scans among others, enhanced with data from IoT-sensors, Tekle Holographics can create a 3D holographic model of a city for example, that can be viewed from all sides and interacted with.
For medical applications, MRI scans can be converted to a hologram. This allows for easy detection of flaws in the patient’s body. A doctor can draw up very detailed operation plans, changing surgeries from one size fits all to a patient specific treatment.
You can see the holographic camera in full action at CES 2022. You can find us at Venetian Expo Hal A-C booth number 52743 or at the Dutch pavilion with booth number 51733.