From the popular press to possibly-questionable crowdfunding proposals, "holographic" displays seem to be everywhere this year. But are any of these actually holographic? And if not, what is a real holographic display? In this talk I explain why true holographic displays are not as far from deployment as one might think, despite their massive electro-optical and computational requirements, and describe how they will provide the ultimate in interactive visual user experience.
V. Michael Bove, Jr. holds an S.B.E.E., an S.M. in Visual Studies, and a Ph.D. in Media Technology, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is currently head of the Object-Based Media Group at the Media Lab. He is the author or co-author of over 90 journal or conference papers on digital television systems, video processing hardware/software design, multimedia, scene modeling, visual display technologies, and optics. He holds patents on inventions relating to video recording, hardcopy, interactive television, medical imaging, and holographic displays, and has been a member of several professional and government committees. He is co-author with the late Stephen A. Benton of the book Holographic Imaging (Wiley, 2008). He is on the Board of Editors of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, as well as an Education Director for SMPTE. He served as general chair of the 2006 IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC'06) and co-chair of the 2012 International Symposium on Display Holography. Bove is a fellow of the SPIE and of the Institute for Innovation, Creativity, and Capital. He was a founder of and technical advisor to WatchPoint Media, Inc. and served as technical advisor to One Laptop per Child (creators of the XO laptop for children in developing countries).