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The World Is Not Enough Gadgets
They certainly managed to rig this temporary HQ out quickly.
Before you know it the floor in M’s temporary office switches on and a massive 3D hologram appears of Victor Zokas, AKA, Renard, the henchman / baddie / partner / terrorist, of this particular movie.
Movie buffs will remind you that the futurology predictions of the time allowed the 1990 film, Total Recall to exhibit this gadget first. Screen legend Sharon Stone first appeared on our screens as a tennis playing hologram.
However, this technology is called Computer Generated Holography and although the tech is there already, the commercial production of such devices is still rather behind the curve. After all, most 1990s teenagers expected to have been playing with Sharon in their bedrooms by now.
Eon Productions have access to a certain level of military developments, which is where they get many of their great devices from, and as the general public are unaware of how far the development has come, we will give the film-makers the benefit of doubt with the piece of kit seen in this film.
However, in early 2013 The Gadget Show unveiled engineered by Holoxica Limited, who specialise in 3D digital holographic images for scientific and medical purposes. The existing technology includes the sort of thing seen in the movie, but only as far as everyone would have to sit on the floor and get very close to a screen to see an image project from the floor - if you are looking straight at the screen. It is an advancement on the holographic photos we have all seen.
Holoxica have also developed a screen display which has a small level of interactivity included. This appears nearer to animage coming out at you, but still not nearly what 007 et al got to see.
Apple patented something along the lines we are hoping for in 2010 and they are sure to be beavering away in the Apple Q Branches as we speak. So, although we don’t yet have 3D images that we can walk around, we can now control computers with our hands, rather than with mice, so it is surely a matter of time.