Re: Holograms -vs- Augmented Reality

Eugene Leitl (
Sat, 16 Nov 1996 00:09:25 +0100 (MET)

On Fri, 15 Nov 1996, Chris Hind wrote:

> I've been considering this thought, if augmented reality (superimposing
> digital images over the real world by using a transparent headmounted
> display) is right around the corner, <bold>why</bold> are we still

Wait for new display technology (TI's DLP will probably qualify, yet look
for current MDM beamer prices. Extrapolate using vanilla learning curve, I
see many years yet.) Wait for reliable trackers (have a look at i-glasses
tracking tech). Wait for LPS (local positioning system) infrastructure
installed everywhere (I suggest ultrasonic beakons, GPS technology in
audio range).

Well, it ain't exactly round the corner.

> working on developing true color holography for public displays and

Holography is pointless, admittedly.

> television? Also I'd like to know your opinions as to which is better
> because AR is a step towards uploading where holograms are a step away.

Ack. AR=Augmented Reality<>Artifical Reality. Of course, augmented
reality beats holograms without even trying.