Holovect is a Real Holographic Projector Inspired by Star Wars

The Holovect Volumetric Display has launched on Kickstarter, with it looking to offer backers the ability to create real 3D holographic projections, technology its creators have said was inspired by Star Wars.

The Holovect draws images in the air with light from files and code its user creates, with the holographic image being able to be viewed by multiple people in multiple different angles. Creator Jaime Ruiz-Avila calls it “a true volumetric display, like the holograms that you’ve seen in movies and science fiction for so long.” 

In the video detailing the technology, Ruiz-Avila says that he predicts a future where “every toggle to every control you have is going to be a projected volumetric entity,” listing a number of uses for the volumetric display including granting architects the ability to create and alter designs, projecting them and then editing them as they see fit. Ruiz-Avila also says that future iterations of the tech could be used communication devices, labeling the Holovect as the “first step.”

While the Holovect’s creators admit that the capabilities of the Holovect would initially be limited, they add that it is “full of potential,” and are looking to get their Kickstarter off the ground so that their technology can continue to be researched and expanded upon. 

The Holovect is powered by an Intel Edison IoT processor, with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. It also houses built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, allowing users to connect the Holovect to devices such as their smartphones or computers. “You could design a game controlled by a phone accelerometer,” the Kickstarter page reads, “or use Holovect as an auxiliary holographic peripheral to your pc or even turn your Holovect into a holo-pizza timer.”

Check out its campaign video below:

To get your hands on a Holovect you must pledge $700 or more to its campaign, though for $580 its creators will send you through the parts necessary to create your own – provided you have access to a 3D printer, a Laser Cutter, a CNC router and know how to solder its components.

The Kickstarter campaign will conclude on January 9th, 2016, with its creators seeking $350,000 in funding. You can check it out here.

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