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World’s thinnest hologram may forever change how we look at screens

Posted: , by Simon K.

Okay, guys, we are in ‘Cloud Atlas’. Or James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ realm. A team of scientists at RMIT University in Melbourne has just unveiled a hologram so thin that it brings us closer to the worlds in those movies than we’ve ever imagined.

The hologram was developed by a team of Chinese and Australian researchers and is dubbed to be ”the world’s thinnest” one so far, measuring at just 25 nanometers. It is 1000 times thinner than a human hair and can be seen with a naked eye, no 3D glasses needed – this might be it, guys!

This tech has the potential to render screen size on devices ‘irrelevant’ and gets us a step closer to having hologram features in common electronic devices. Imagine how much more you would be able to see and do, if you had a 3D pop-up form to play with, instead a conventional 2D image on a screen. The possibilities are mind-boggling.

“Our nano-hologram is also fabricated using a simple and fast direct laser writing system, which makes our design suitable for large-scale uses and mass manufacture,” said Professor Min Gu, RMIT University in Melbourne.

The ambition the team has is to manage to shrink the pixels in the hologram and develop a rigid thin film that could be laid onto an LCD screen to enable 3D holographic display. Should this happen, the hologram may make its way to the screens of many consumer devices, bringing us into the world of Avatar, finally. 

But, we shouldn’t get too get carried away into Pandora, as we better not hold our breaths for this tech to hit mainstream. Or even a stream. While the invented hologram truly is a masterpiece of real life sci-fi, it will indeed take quite a bit of time before it's bug free and integrated with mass-produce electronics. Besides, we live in times when we get new patents for unimaginable creations on a weekly basis. So, who knows if someone else won’t have invented an even better hologram tech, before Professor Min Gu and team have managed to commercialise their product. Nonetheless, good job, scientists, this hologram truly makes us dream. 

Source: RMIT University via CNET

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posted on 19 May 2017, 10:20 4

1. TerryD (Posts: 177; Member since: 09 May 2017)

We've had holograms for ages. I remember getting them free with Shreddies at one point. They were as thin as a piece of card.

What I don't understand is how you get this relationship between a thin hologram and a hologram screen. The holograms that I know of are 3D but they're permanent, you can't change the image. How does a thin version of this suddenly turn into a 3D screen on a phone or computer?

posted on 19 May 2017, 12:31 1

2. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3403; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

Watch the video.

posted on 19 May 2017, 16:29

5. Cat97 (Posts: 421; Member since: 02 Mar 2017)

Watch Star Trek. It doesn't mean Klingonians exist.

posted on 19 May 2017, 16:34

6. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3403; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

He asked questions that the video answers. I never said the stuff already existed but this new hologram tech is the first step to realizing some of the things the video shows. You've see the iron man movies right? How cool would it be to have a phone like Tony Stark's!

posted on 20 May 2017, 13:19

8. TerryD (Posts: 177; Member since: 09 May 2017)

Watch the video. It's 100% CGI and bears nothing to reality.

posted on 21 May 2017, 14:31

9. steodoreben (Posts: 370; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)

HAHAHA! Imagine using your smartphone with this tech under the bright sunlight. It's useless. XD

posted on 19 May 2017, 15:33

3. pecapello (Posts: 51; Member since: 19 Feb 2015)

It seems most people here are against the evolution of technology. I can already visualize some unhappy soul commenting something like "totally gimmick, we should stick with 4" flat LCD screens forever since they do everything I need".

posted on 19 May 2017, 16:12 2

4. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 653; Member since: 07 May 2014)

I just see a concept video..

posted on 20 May 2017, 10:49

7. sam3k (Posts: 130; Member since: 02 May 2013)

So when can we see this tech in our smart devices?

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