Deep Learning Enables Real-Time 3D Holograms On a Smartphone

Using artificial intelligence, scientists can now rapidly generate photorealistic color 3D holograms even on a smartphone. And according to a new study, this new technology could find use in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headsets and other applications.

A hologram is an image that essentially resembles a 2D window looking onto a 3D scene. The pixels of each hologram scatter light waves falling onto them, making these waves interact with each other in ways that generate an illusion of depth.

Holographic video displays create 3D images that people can view without feeling eye strain, unlike conventional 3D displays that produce the illusion of depth using 2D images. However, although companies such as Samsung have recently made strides toward developing hardware that can display holographic video, it remains a major challenge actually generating the holographic data for such devices to display.

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