Holograms you can feel and touch
Haptic Holography was perhaps, first proposed by workers at MIT in the 80s. The Media Lab, headed up by Dr. Stephen Benton, with published papers by Wendy Plesiak and Ravi Pappuh.
Recent developments in both the technology of digital holography and haptics have made it practical to conduct further investigations. Haptic holography is auto-stereoscopic and provides co-axial viewing for the user. Most existing haptic simulations are displayed on 2D computer screens. The user has difficulty navigating the 3D haptic environment due to uncertain spatial relationships. The holographic environment allows the user to grasp the spatial relationship of the haptic space.
Haptic holography may find application in medical & surgical training and as a new form of synthetic reality for artists and designers.
Michael Page, who is the Principal Investigator on the project. Michael has more than 30 years experience in holography, more than 20 years in digital holography. He is a Professor with the Faculty of Fine Art at OCAD U and a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Optical Sciences at the University of Toronto.