gimme the iArt, the holographic photos


David Teter (+ Flickr)

Both these photos were shot on an iPhone. Phone cam art is already happening, but I wonder when it’ll reached critical mass and become par for the course. This week I’ve been finding photography on Flickr that I really like. It’s ridiculous to expect too much from Flickr, which is best for socializing and interaction, but once you’ve found a few good photographers, you fall into a comfy group of people you admire. Someone commented in a discussion thread that bashing Flickr is like insulting the phone book, and I have to agree. All kinds live on Flickr.


David Teter

While we’re on tech, over the weekend, it occurred to me that the next big photographic revolution will likely be holographic cameras, 3D photography. You can already buy holographic photos and videos done basically with a stereoscopic or multi-camera / multi-angle set-up. Remember CNN’s election night faux-holographic coverage? Is it physically possible to produce true holograms from a single camera with a single-click? Some brief googling turned up a patent for a digital holographic camera filed by a Stanford professor who runs a laser lab.

From the description:

The holographic recording subsystem of the present invention can comprise, for example, a low-power laser and a spatial-light modulator. Multiple holograms can be recorded. The storage device may take the form of a monolithic card. The removable holographic storage device can be transferred to a dedicated reader. The reader can connect to a computer as a peripheral device or may be integrated into a computer. The reader can also be integrated directly into other devices, such as a printer dedicated to printing out photographs.

From a user’s perspective, the digital holographic camera of the present invention can operate in a manner similar to a conventional film camera. The capacity of each cartridge can be based on current film packaging, which emphasizes film speed and count. For example, cartridges can be differentiated according to resolution in a manner similar to the distinction between high-speed and low-speed film. By providing predetermined picture counts, e.g. 24 or 36, required capacity is based on count and resolution.

This was in 2002. You’ve gotta figure someone’s closer to cracking this nut by now.

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~ by Jin on August 12, 2009.

2 Responses to “gimme the iArt, the holographic photos”

  1. I predict that holograms, like video phone calls, will be the kind of thing that perpetually looks like it’s on the verge of becoming mainstream, but won’t ever break through, even as the technology matures. It might be a cool sci-fi invention and even have some scientific applications, but I don’t see it becoming mainstream. That might be my pessimistic and limited-by-the-present imagination showing through, though.

    I like the Flickr/phone book comparison. Your way is really how you get the most out of Flickr as a consumer (as opposed to producer) of photographs: find one or two photographers you like, then go through their favorites and the people who comment on their photos, and pretty soon you will have a self-made little clique of people whose stuff you like.

    • Yeah, aren’t we all supposed to be living like the Jetsons by now? At the turn of the millenium, there was a PBS special that looked at people’s expectations for 2000 back in 1900. They thought there would be peace, and of course had no idea of any of the technological progress that would happen. In some ways we’re not as advanced as we thought we’d be, but the internet is such a revolution on a very fundamental level of information that I think it’s more radical than anything we expected.

      I’m just afraid that holographic cameras will happen when I’m 80 years old and half blind.

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