'Star Wars' Style Holographic Television In Testing By BBC

Essel Pratt

The BBC is testing a technology that could make every "Star Wars" fan's dreams a reality. A 3-dimensional holographic table television has moved beyond concept and is now working as individuals test its capabilities in an attempt to fine tune the invention.

According to Business Insider, the holographic television is reminiscent of the one Princess Leia used to send her message to Obi Wan Kenobi, via R2-D2, in "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope." Similar holographic televisions were seen on the Millennium Falcon in the form of the chess board, as well as in various war rooms throughout the series. Many fans of the fantasy films have dreamed of owning their own holographic televisions, some have even used their iPhones to make one from scratch.

Although the DIY project is pretty amazing, a real working holographic television is a fantastic idea. Imagine Watching 'Jaws' on your television at home and the great white shark jumps out of the screen and devours your bowl of popcorn.

"The BBC has created an experimental 'holographic' TV device that brings to life some of its archive footage, ranging from the iconic BBC globes to giant dinosaurs."
"We used existing technologies and simple techniques to explore 'holographic' content. The device that we made also gives us an extremely low-fi and low-cost way to assess how the 'floating' images of augmented and mixed reality devices, which aren't readily available for audience testing, might be used to view BBC content in the future."

— Nocturnal Cloud (@NocturnalCLD) September 23, 2016

"Our experiment was fairly simple but with new technologies on the horizon such as augmented reality, mixed reality and virtual reality there is a chance holographic TVs could become a feature of living rooms in the future."
"There are limitations with our experimental device - only certain types of footage will work, you need a fairly low level of light in the room to get the maximum impact and the viewing angles are narrow. The physics of the light reflecting off the pyramid and the TV's screen size also means that there will always be a practical limit to the size of a display such as this."

Would you buy a holographic television?

— Africa Business Eng. (@ABElimited) September 23, 2016