Storytelling with volumetric displays

By Matthew Brennesholtz

New display technologies result in new storytelling techniques.  Recently, people have been grappling with how to tell stories with new consumer technologies such as UHD-2 (8K), AR and VR display technologies.  Dr. Michael Bove and his colleagues at the MIT Media Lab and Harvard are looking at storytelling with a technology not likely to reach the consumer anytime soon – volumetric displays.

Dr. Bove is looking at true volumetric displays, where pixels are replaced by voxels and the image has a finite volume. He’s not considering displays described as “Holographic” such as Pepper’s ghost displays which is most commonly just 2D, although they can be 3D as well. Nor is he considering autostereoscopic displays or light field displays.

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