Real-life Star Wars tech is more than a hologram
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Real-life Star Wars tech is more than a hologram

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You can tell a great work of science fiction when fantasy tech inspires real tech decades later. That's the story of the VX one from box on photonics. Inspired by the game Dedrick, also known as hollow chests aboard the Millennium Falcon. This piece of real sci fi tech is much more than a hologram. The VX one is what's known as a volumetric display. That means that like princess Layers call for help and the game of dedryck. It's a 3D image that can be viewed from any angle without the need for special glasses or headgear. We're not there to say use this instead of VR AR because the two things offer very different experiences. One is an immersive experience where you go inside. world I would like with VR and AR is putting things on top of another world. And what we're doing is basically 3D printing that world for you to gather around with a group of people and make conversation and study and discuss without something on your head so it's yet another palette of tools are effectively for what you to create new digital experiences. The way that box on 3D prints these digital experiences is similar to how a standard 3D printer works building one layer at a time. So we have a video projector. The video projector is like a normal video projector you might watch a movie on at the cinema. but we don't build a picture like that, we've built a picture like a Minecraft castle, imagine building a Minecraft castle that is two hundred bricks high, now you're gonna look at one floor of the castle, just the bottom floor, when you first start laying out that floor, it is just a cross-section of that castle, when you have finished that first floor, then you build the next floor. Each floor or layer of the 3D images projected onto a fast moving screen, which Gavin demonstrated for us with a laser pointer and a business card. The VX one screen is moving so fast that our eyes can't detect the motion and our brains end up blurring the layers together into a solid looking 3D image. VX one comes with a clear dome to protect the moving screen from onlookers who might try to stick their hands into it like you see in the movies. But Gavin told me that the dome is not necessary to view the display. That the screen isn't moving with enough force to cause any harm. So far the VX one has proven the potential usefulness of volumetric displays across a wide range of industries and applications. Video gaming, automotive exploration education for universities and schools medical imaging is very strong with daikon data from CT scans and MRI scans. Thank you. Absolutely exquisitely detailed on the device. We've also done quite a lot of 3D video conferencing. So there's really no end to the possible use cases. But as a small company, we got to pick our battles and choose which projects to work on. VX1 ships with a third party six axis controller that allows users to navigate different image files. And manipulate volumetric images in three dimensions. It's about the size of a cupcake or a muffin sits on your desk. It's nice and weighty, it feels like really expensive because it's a nice solid little thing. That's not the only control that we use with our technology. We also support natively Xbox 360 controllers. We support leap motion, the hands free gesture cameras so you can move your fingers around like this and have a skeletal hands tracking you on the screen or play with physics in unity. We support Various cameras for doing real time video conferencing and captures. While exploring the VX ones potential as a gaming device. The Vox on Team designed a retro joystick add on for the VX one called the Zed Which box on calls the world's first volumetric arcade machine that debuted at the Tokyo Game Show in 2018. and is now available for sale on box ons website along with the VX one. Currently that a VX one is $9,800 US. So we understand it's not a consumer device yet. It's an expensive device and manufacturer that's Kinda the same situation for more early technology like this Despite pushing into other industries and seeking out new applications for volumetric displays. The box on team still has one Star Wars related milestone they hope to reach. We'd love to close the circle and put a generic hologram table and board the Millennium Falcon. It At the theme park in America, we've reached out to Disney. We are talking to some people who know the guys that work there. And I think after seeing pictures on board, the Millennium Falcon of the dark tables sitting there without any monsters on it, I think we can certainly make inroads and build that we have already got prototypes. Running, which would create a very cool digital version of the jar table. Instead of the moving screen display in the VX one, the Dedrick table would use a new kind of spinning helical display developed by Vox on. These are the first images Vox on has publicly shared of their prototype helical display. And we're very grateful to be able to share them with you here for the first time on What The Future. [MUSIC] As always, thanks so much for watching. I'm your host, Jesse Oro. See you next time with the fam. [MUSIC]

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