Decades-old hologram technology pales in comparison with stereoscopic 3D imaging. That said, the feat Zebra Imaging pulled with its state-of-the-art holographic solutions called ZScape really has to be seen in order to be fully appreciated.
What you're seeing in the videos below is a holographic print that needs only a plain halogen or LED light source in order to be enjoyed in full 360-degree freedom. That's right, no special eyewear is required, no pricey 3D glasses, no nothing.
In short, it's based on patented technologies that involve lasers, optics, and image processing that create holographic imagery from 3D digital data or CAD models, the company explains:
We render the data into tens of thousands of component “Hogel” images that are recorded using laser light into a single portable, film-based hologram. When the hologram is illuminated, the light is reflected and controlled by hogels and combines and emerges from the hologram surface in the same way it would if a solid physical model were actually there.
Remarkably, each hologram packs in over 300,000 rendered 3D views and the technology lets Zebra control what to put in different parts of the hologram in order to make it "switch" between data sets as the holographic print turns or you walk around it. The company says the US military fielded over eight thousand holographic prints for visualization and defense planning applications.
Already thinking about ordering a 3D print? Not so fast - a single 12x18-inch holographic print will set you back a whooping $1,500, with a 2x3-foot jumbo-size version going all the way up to $3,500.
Customers pick the size, orientation, and lighting for their ZScape, after which they receive a quote from Zebra. From there, you just upload your digital 3D model to their FTP and approve a preview movie before production.
Custom options include tiling (useful for large-format holographic prints), channeling and multi-image technology that crams up up to four images onto a single holographic print, color-coded annotations (even in multiple languages), and transparent overlays for several layers of detail.
Source: Zebra Imaging