The success of recent Hollywood blockbuster films shot in 3D has led to 3D technology crossing over from celluloid to everyday consumer gadgets. Television and monitor screens are being marketed with the lure of the viewer being able to experience the perception of depth on these screens. A minor irritant with current 3D technology is the need to wear stereoscopic glasses in order to view the illusion of depth on the television or monitor screen.
Holograms too recreate visual data in a 3-dimensional plane. The advantage with hologram technology is that the viewer need not wear any kind of optics to view the information in 3D. Zebra Imaging has used hologram technology to create visual maps in rich 3D.
The Zebra Imaging ZScape Holographic Print uses a special film to recreate geographical, physical, and architectural information such as city streets and construction blueprints. With ZScape Holographic Print the visual information is represented in a crystal clear, life-like manner in 3D. People who view the Holographic Print do not need 3D glasses as required by traditional 3D technology.
The cornerstone of the holographic maps from Zebra Imaging is simplicity in design and execution. A wafer thin, black slate projects the visual data recreated in full colour, high resolution, and high detail. The black slate is coated with a highly specialized film material. Hi-tech lasers are used to record the visual information on the film.
The default perspective of the maps is an aerial view; however, the viewer can tilt the black slate to view the map at various angles. Having a map in the form of a hologram offers many advantages. One of them is that the viewer can walk around the map and get a 360-degree view of the visual information presented. Another benefit of having a holographic map is that the viewer can look over, under, and around things instead of the flat perspective provided by ordinary 2D maps.
The ZScape Holographic Print can be used to recreate the layout of city streets or an architectural blueprint of a site under construction. Viewers would be able to get a life-like perspective of the street or of the blueprint. This would come in handy during presentations made to a prospective client.
Zebra Imaging currently makes Holographic Prints for anywhere between $1000 to $3000 a print, depending on the amount of visual data that needs to be presented. For more information check out Zebraimaging.com.