Early Holdeck Level Real Life Holographic Videos

BYU’s holography research group has can create holographic lightsaber battles and spaceship battles of the Starship Enterprise and a Klingon Battle Cruiser that incorporate photon torpedoes launching and striking the enemy vessel that you can see with the naked eye. The researchers believe they will be able to create immersive holographic video that surrounds the …

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Holo4Labs Makes Minority Report’s Mixed Reality Data Processing Real

Mixed reality data processing has moved from the realm of science fiction films like The Minority Report into real-life science labs, thanks to a recent Microsoft HoloLens app, announced by polish IT company Solution4Labs. Solution4Labs will customize the HoloLens VR experience, using the Holo4Labs app. Abiding by principles of digital automation and mixed reality, the …

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Volumetric Display achieves quality moving 3D images that are better than holograms

Nature – Physicists create Star Wars-style 3D projections — just don’t call them holograms Smalley’s team has taken a different approach — using a technique known as volumetric display — to create moving 3D images that viewers can see from any angle. Some physicists say that the technology comes closer than any other to recreating …

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Nanoparticle gel could make mass-market low-cost Holography, LIDAR

Why aren’t holograms or related optical devices part of our everyday lives yet? The technologies can be created by using magnetic fields to alter the path of light, but the materials that can do that are expensive, brittle and opaque. Some only work in temperatures as cold as the vacuum of space. Minjeong Cha, MSE …

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China’s J-20 stealth fighter spotted with four extra fuel tanks for extended range

China’s J-20 stealth fighter has been seen with four auxiliary fuel tanks (aka, drop tanks or “bags”) under its wings. Although cumbersome external fuel tanks sap the J-20’s low observable (stealth) qualities and maneuvering performance, it is likely that they can be jettisoned along with their pylons in a similar manner as the F-22. This …

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Membrane solves one of the major technical barriers to commercialization of the lithium sulfur battery

Researchers developed an alteration to the lithium-sulfur battery that could make it more than competitive with the industry standard lithium-ion battery. The lithium-sulfur battery, long thought to be better at energy storage capacity than its more popular lithium-ion counterpart, was hampered by its short cycle life. Currently the lithium-sulfur battery can be recharged 50 to …

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One micron thick solar cells and three micron thick OLED displays

Scientists in South Korea have made ultra-thin photovoltaics flexible enough to wrap around the average pencil. The bendy solar cells could power wearable electronics like fitness trackers and smart glasses. Thin materials flex more easily than thick ones – think a piece of paper versus a cardboard shipping box. The reason for the difference: The …

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DARPA wants artificial intelligence to explain conclusions and reasoning to humans

DARPA wants to have artificial intelligence have the capability of explaining and helping humans to trace the conclusions, decisions and reasoning of the AI. Dramatic success in machine learning has led to an explosion of new AI capabilities. Continued advances promise to produce autonomous systems that perceive, learn, decide, and act on their own. These …

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Thermal energy harvesting antennas by more than 10,000 to 100,000 times with tiny holes in copper

Current rectenna designs work best at lower frequencies. Yet waste heat from hot objects can push into the 100 THz (100 trillion cycles per second) range. Park and his colleagues found a way to enhance thermal emission of hot bodies at the lower end of the spectrum (around 1 THz) by manipulating the surface of …

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Almost one mobile phone for every person in the World already and by 2020 completing the conversion to all smartphones and mobile broadband

In 2015 there are more than 7 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide, up from less than 1 billion in 2000. Globally 3.2 billion people are using the Internet of which 2 billion are from developing countries. By end 2015, there are more than 7 billion mobile cellular subscriptions, corresponding to a penetration rate of 97%, …

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DARPA Semiconductor Starnet beyond CMOS research targets ten thousands times power improvement

The DARPA Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research Network (STARNet) program is a government-industry partnership combining the expertise and resources from select defense, semiconductor, and information companies with those of DARPA to sponsor an external set of academic research teams that are focused on specific technology needs set by experts in industry and government. Efforts under this …

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