Practical application of 3D holography

Japanese computer scientists have succeeded in developing a special purpose computer that can project high-quality three-dimensional (3D) holography as a video. The research team led by Tomoyoshi Ito, who is a professor at the Institute for Global Prominent Research, Chiba University, has been working to increase the speed of the holographic projections by developing new hardware.


Credit: Tomoyoshi Ito

Ito, who is an astronomer and a computer scientist, began working on specially designed computers for holography, called HORN, in 1992. The HORN-8, which adopts a calculation method called the “amplitude type” for adjusting the intensity of light, was recognized as the world’s fastest computer for holography in a publication in the international science journal Nature Electronics on April 17, 2018.

With the newly developed “phase type” HORN-8, the calculation method for adjusting the phase of light was implemented, and the researchers were successful at projecting holography information as a 3D video with high-quality images. This research was published in Optics Express on September 28, 2018.

In the latest phase type of HORN-8, eight chips are mounted on the FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) board. This enables one to avoid a bottleneck problem for the processing speed with the calculation method, by which the chips are prevented from communicating with each other. With this approach, HORN-8 increases the computing speed in proportion to the number of chips, so that it can project video holography more clearly.

Source (Chiba University. “A big step toward the practical application of 3D holography with high- performance computers.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 November 2018.)

Original paper: Nishitsuji, T., Yamamoto, Y., Sugie, T., Akamatsu, T., Hirayama, R., Nakayama, H., Kakue, T., Shimobaba, T. and Ito, T., 2018. Special-purpose computer HORN-8 for phase-type electro-holography. Optics express26(20), pp.26722-26733.

3D Printing – Autodesk 123D


RO. Autodesk 123D este o aplicație pentru iPhone și Android ce permite crearea unor machete și modele în 3D. O parte dintre opțiuni sunt: Catch- captarea unor fotografii din direcții multiple și mularea lor în 3D, Creature- crearea și printarea unor creaturi fantastice, Design- realizarea unui model digital pe internet, telefon sau calculator și printarea lui în 3D, Make- alcătuirea modelelor 3D din hârtie și Sculpt- desenare digitală pe telefon. Am încercat Circuits, care este o viitoare modalitate de a învăța sau preda acest subiect.

Ai printa o persoană?

ENG. Autodesk 123D is an iPhone and Android app that allows you to create 3D models. A part of their options are: Catch- taking photos from various directions and modeling them in 3D; Creature- designing and printing fantastic creatures; Design- creating the digital model on the web, on your phone, or on your desktop, and then print it in 3D;  Make- transforming 3D models into a cut pattern, and Sculpt- paint digitally on your phone. I personally tried Circuits, and consider it a future way of learning, or teaching this subject.

Would you download a person?



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