History of Holography

Holography is nothing new. It has already been around for 60 years.

The concept was born in 1947 - thanks to the unexpected results of research into electron microscopes by Hungarian physicist Dennis Gabor. Tangible results of good quality followed much later - and only on film bearing still images. His lifetime contribution to science was so ground-breaking, it was recognised with the Nobel Prize for physics in 1971.

Since then the best and most life-like images have all been flat. And viewed with 2D media. The real challenge - displaying 3D details in moving formats - has proven too much of a headache until now: available only in stereo, resolution was poor if you weren't wearing eye-aching glasses.

But scientists don't give up easily. Human beings have mastered many challenges over the centuries.

  • We dreamed of flying and space travel ... and solved it
  • We dreamed of instant worldwide communication ... and solved it
  • We dreamed of 3D (many of us only in our wildest fantasies) ... and now a fully-functioning breakthrough lies right before us.

Will our world ever be the same again? Will we be able, one day, to imagine life without 3D holography?