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The full-length human anatomy hologram is designed for teaching medical students about the 3D structure of the human body. Prof. Gordon Findlater commissioned this hologram because “teaching the true 3D structure of human anatomy to medical students is very difficult in the early years because all of their material is in 2D”
Holoxica created the life-sized 1.7m hologram from a synthetic 3D model of a female. The hologram contains three layers of information on the muscle structures, skeleton complete with arteries plus nervous system; and the internal organs. One of the challenges facing medical learning is teaching the 3D structure of the body since their books are in 2D and so are the apps that they might get on tablets. The hologram is a full 3D image that conveys the necessary information to aid understanding of the different aspects of the human body. There is no other way to show this information.
This is certainly our most difficult and challenging design to date. The level of detail is extraordinary. Prof Findlater says: “This hologram has exceeded my expectations in terms of quality and clarity”.
The hologram will be placed in the Anatomy Museum at the Old Medical School at Edinburgh University. It will be used by the anatomy staff to teach medical students. The museum is open to the public on the last Saturday of each month.
Holoxica founder Javid Khan published an article on the application of digital 3D holograms to biomedical applications, which was published in the July 2013 edition of Laser Focus World, a leading trade magazine for the optics and photonics community.
The article discusses a brief history of holography including an introduction to digital holographic technology and how holoprinters work. It goes on to address signal and image processing required to convert digital data from scans, CAD and other sources into digital holograms. A whole breadth of applications are covered from DNA/protein all the way to organs and the whole human anatomy. It concludes with some of the advances in the field of realtime holographic displays made by Holoxica.
Holoxica was invited to present their holograms and holographic display at The Gadget Show Live! Event held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham between 2-7 April 2013. Our stand was located in the Future Tech Zone (stand nr FT10).
The stand featured a gallery of vertically-mounted digitial printed holograms by our partners View Holographics as well as a few horizontal floor-mounted digital holograms by Zebra Imaging. The interactive holographic display was also on show, together with a couple of apps for people to try out. Popular apps included the simple counter, Deathstar, drawing in mid-air and the meter.
Jason Bradbury from the TV show made a brief appearance on our stand on 5th April. He did a great job of describing our 3D holograms and holographic display on The Gadget Show TV programme broadcast on 25th March 2013. This broadcast had an audience of over a million viewers.
The Live Event had an attendance of over 60,000 people. Our stand was amongst the most popular – many people who had seen the broadcast specifically came over to our stand to check out the tech for themselves. We estimate that somewhere between 12-15,000 people came by to see our technology.
Holoxica founder, Javid Khan, was invited to present the holograms at The HUB Theatre with an interactive Q&A session hosted by Lucy Hedges from Stuff Magazine & Stuff.TV. We revealed a full-length 1.7m human anatomy hologram and talked about the current interactive holographic display as well as the future of holographic 3D displays.
Here are some pictures of our stand.
CNET UK reporter Luke Westaway says Holoxica has “easily the most mind-blowing technology in the show”
If you were there and liked what you saw, then please leave us a comment below. If you have any ideas for holograms, then we’d also like to hear from you. Finally, if you have any ideas for apps for our holographic display then drop us a line below.
Holoxica announces an Interactive Holographic 3D Display, which is a second generation prototype. The design is inspired by Head-Up Displays (HUDs), based on free-space optics with images floating in mid-air that can change in real-time. A paper on this HUD-style display was presented at the SPIE (International Photonics Society) Photonics West Conference in February 2013, and it is published in the conference proceedings.
The interactive holographic display system comprises a Holographic Optical Element (HOE) lens, a digital controller, a motion sensor and a projection subsystem (a laser projector) imaging a diffusion screen. The HOE is about the size of a page (20x30cm) and the images are formed in real space (in mid-air) about 20cm from the hologram plane. The image are about the size of a hand (up to 7x7cm). The images can be refreshed at video rates and arbitrary images can be displayed. However, the images are formed in three distinct planes, corresponding to the colours of the lasers in the laser projector i.e. red, green and blue.
The display includes a Kinect motion sensor to enable interactivity with a number of apps that we have written for it. The viewer can ‘touch’ icons in space and do things like draw in mid-air. We have about ten apps at the moment including mid-air drawing, pong-style game, counter, keypad, viewing image sequences .. etc.
Immediate applications of this technology include HUD-style displays and novel user-interfaces with the added dimensions of real-space interactivity.
This display is an improvement over our first generation demo, which had a fixed number of images embedded in the holographic screen. The holographic images could be replayed in real space (mid-air) in real-time, in any sequence. However, this display was not able to display arbitrary images and there were limits to its scalability.
This display is featured on The Gadget Show, FutureTech Edition, broadcast on 25th Mar 2013 (Channel 5, UK). The show has over a million viewers.
The holographic video display was also presented at The Gadget Show Live! Event between 2-7th Apr 2013 at the NEC in Birmingham. Our stand was very popular, with thousands of people dropping by to see our holographic technology in action.
The Gadget Show Blog article with video
Holoxica at The Gadget Show Live Event at the NEC, Birmingham: 2-7 April 2013
TechRadar article Touch the future as interactive 3D holograms become reality
Optics.org article Interactive Holographic Video Display Developed
TechRadar article 3D holograms in your Honda: Hovering HUDs will help you drive
3D Focus article Interactive 3D holographic apps written for new display
ETDE has designed a new biofuels laboratory facility for the University of York. ETDE is part of the Bouygues Energies & Services group including buildings and civil works.
ETDE commissioned Holoxica to produce a 60x85cm (A1 size) horizontally mounted hologram with four different views of this state of the art biofuel laboratory facility.
The first, front, view shows the whole building with the roof on; as you walk anti-clockwise, the second, side view strips away the roof and reveals the interior with labels for the main pieces of equipment. The rear view drops the labels and rear wall (see below) to reveal further details and the same is true of the remaining side view.
This design was featured on The Gadget Show, broadcast on 25th March 2013 on Channel 5, a national UK broadcaster.
For more information see:
ETDE York biolab page
Here is a collection of popular videos highlighting Holoxica’s achievements in holographic 3D visualisation.
Second generation interactive holographic display
Full-length human anatomy hologram
Revealing the secrets of the Rhind Mummy
First generation holographic display
Holoxica at Photonics West 2012, San Francisco. Interview with Javid Khan
After winning the Edinburgh Science Triangle Collaboration Award.
First hologram of a Green Fluorescent Protein
We launched a campaign on Kickstarter which ended in Aug 2012. The idea was to to offer our real 3D holographic technology to consumers through pushing the boundary of 3D digital design. The holograms for this campaign were inspired by 2D illusionists artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Escher. (more…)
Holoxica Ltd, the 3D holographic imaging specialist, has unveiled a hologram based on sonar images of the iconic HMS Royal Oak, the first battle ship sunk in the second world war, which lies on the seabed in Scapa Flow – the UK’s chief Naval Base throughout the two world wars. (more…)
The Fascinating Mummies exhibition was shown the National Museum of Scotland till May 2012. One of the most intriguing exhibits was the Rhind Mummy which was excavated from a tomb in Thebes and was brought to Scotland by the archeologist Alexandar Rhind in 1857. The mummy is still intact in its original wrapping. The secrets of this mummy were finally revealed 155 years later when it was CT scanned by the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. The following video revealing the internals of the mummy was produced in collaboration with Toshiba Medical Systems: (more…)
Holoxica announces animated 3D holographic display with images that hang in mid-air!
Edinburgh-based Holoxica Ltd announces a new kind of 3D holographic display that does not use glasses or optical tricks, where the 3D images appear in mid-air before your eyes. Holoxica is renowned for its award-winning 3D digital holograms designed and produced for scientific, medical and engineering visualisation. For the last three years, Holoxica have been working in collaboration with Edinburgh University and Heriot Watt University to develop the technology into more than just a simple prototype, but a product that is ready to be commercialized. Most people cannot believe their eyes as they try to grab the 3D holographic image. (more…)