Hologram interfacing plays a minor role in Pacific Rim, but it is found throughout the movie. It is used to show and manipulate data, providing extra visualization capabilities to the characters using it. By no means is it the focus of the movie.
The technology shown in Pacific Rim has two key features: mid air projection and ability to interact with these projections. Holograms have been demonstrated by current technology. Most interestingly (and maybe slightly unethically), an entertainment based hologram company Musion used their technology to hold a Tupac concert. Tupac is dead, but they were able to project a hologram of his likeness onto the stage and hold a “Tupac concert” . In 2016 researchers developed a method of displaying holograms that seem to extend from a screen, which could be used similar to the hologram interface shown in Pacific Rim, albeit without interactivity. . Instructables even has a simple home project that can convert your phone into a hologram projector, but uses angled acrylic to produce the illusion . In terms of interactability, there are some simple forms of gesture control that exist. The XBox Kinect allows a player to control a game simply through movement. The sensor uses a camera to determine the position of the user and translate it into a readable input for the computer. . Another company Myo created an armband to enable gesture control .
Feasibility - Possible
The feasibility of a hologram interface similar to the one depicted in Pacific Rim could happen today, albeit without the same resolution shown. By using a combination of the existing technologies explained above, one could create a gesture controlled 3D hologram monitor / interface. To achieve the same resolution shown in the movie, one could use a virtual reality system. While the system would require headsets by the users, it could generate an interactive hologram. Ultimately, interactive hologram projection could happen today, but not quite on the level shown in Pacific Rim.
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