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Microsoft’s Edison Lab Demos an Early Look at the ‘Holodeck’

Microsoft Edison lab Demos holodeckThe Verge has another video of a tour of giving an inside view of the Microsoft’s Edison Labs where the goal of the creators is to create truly realistic looking 3D virtual environments without the need for glasses.

This video provides a peek into a suite of technologies that Microsoft is developing in order to create a “holodeck” experience, first named and shown in Star Trek The Next Generation.

Stevie Bathiche, director of research at Microsoft’s applied sciences lab, says to “imagine a day where in your home, one wall is dedicated to being your magic wall. A wall where it can teleport you to another world without really going anywhere.”

Bathiche shows off a number of systems that aim to accomplish this vision, including a system that projects LED light to a person’s eyes to detect a human being’s movements in space. The setup apparently uses a Kinect to detect a person’s head movement. The video shows the final result, although there’s really no way to experience the full effect via a 2D video.

Another deomstration in the video involves a glasses-free stereoscopic display that can be “steered” by the viewer as they move.

Here is the video:

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