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    Researchers from the University of Tokyo have developed 3D holograms that can be touched with bare hands. Generally, holograms can't be felt because they're made only of light. But the new technology adds tactile feedback to holograms hovering in 3D space.

    Called the Airborne Ultrasound Tactile Display, the hologram projector uses an ultrasound phenomenon called acoustic radiation pressure to create a pressure sensation on a user's hands, which are tracked with two Nintendo Wiimotes. As the researchers explain, the method doesn't use any direct contact and so doesn't dilute the quality of the hologram. The researchers, led by Hiroyuki Shinoda, currently have the technology on display at SIGGRAPH 2009 in New Orleans.


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    Holodeck porn here we come.
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    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2009 edited
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    I'm sitting alone in a studio apartment. And realizing a long forgotten sense of honor.

    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=NSypnaxAlP4">cat song</a>
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2009
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    The researchers hope that the technology will have applications in video games, 3D CADs, and other uses.
    I believe the "other uses" is the holodeck porn Kosmo alludes to.
    • CommentAuthor/
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2009
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    @ Rick - Just between me and you? I'd abuse that holodeck like I was Captain Kirk with every green girl that we've ever dreamed of.

    Yeah. That.
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    Was it Be'lanna and Tom who went on a holodeck honeymoon?

    I'd want that fucker hosed out before I used it after them
    • CommentAuthor/
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2009
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    HOLODECKS DON'T GET DIRTY
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    "I'd want that fucker hosed out before I used it after them "

    I imagine that's how Ellis felt when he visited here on his return from San Diego.
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    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2009
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    In Soviet America we have no imaginary drawings on wall.

    In Soviet America imagination DRAWS US
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    Hm, touch through sound. Makes way more sense than the "hard light" descriptions you see in SF all the time...
    • CommentAuthorCymro
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2009
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    The holodeck will be the end of human civilization.

    And I don't want to think about what full interactive consequence-free holodeck porn is going to look like. Not at all.
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    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2009
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    <blockquote>I don't want to think about what full interactive consequence-free holodeck porn is going to look like.</blockquote>Me neither. But I'm single, ugly, and alone, so...