BBC working on a holographic TV for the future
Mixed reality is fast becoming the future of many applications owing to its ability to traverse you into a completely different world. Holographic technology is also an application of mixed reality where the user sees the mixed reality elements come to life in a 3D interface. BBC wants you TV to be the next holographic display in your living room, and that is what they are working on. Cyrus Saihan, head of digital partnerships at the BBC is working on this future-forward project.
The team headed by Cyrus have created a prototype device which makes use of existing holographic technologies and other techniques to create holographic content. They have used a 46” TV as their basic element to display holographic images. On top of it they have placed an acrylic pyramid to create mixed reality which is quite convincing.
To test the performance of this holographic TV, BBC placed it at the New Broadcasting House building in London and noticed the reaction of audience members. For starters they displayed holographs of the BBC logo, beating heart, walking dinosaurs and a firework display from the archive.
In this maiden experiment, the team learned that these holographic images work best in low light conditions. Also there will be a limit on the size of the display.
We learnt from our experiment that the images were much more powerful when the ambient lighting levels were low and when the room was dark. We also noticed that the effect worked best when the display was positioned at eye level.