Holographic Prints Show the World in Three Dimensions

Zebra Imaging is a company that creates amazing 3D holographic prints called ZScapes, allowing viewers to view a scene in 3D without any special eyewear. The above shows a print made of downtown Seattle, with the building in the print appearing to be about 10 inches high. Over 8,000 of these futuristic prints have already been created for the US military, but what excites us more is the possibility of this being a glimpse into the future of photography. Perhaps later generations of photographers will be capturing 3D photographs and displaying their work through 3D holographic prints. We’ll be telling our grandchildren, “when I was your age, prints were in 2D!”

Zebra Imaging Digital Prints (via Engadget)

  • Taptanium

    There are tons of low res stereoscopic postcards available already. But for an picture like the one shown in the video you need more than just a stereoscopic picture. It appears to show information from a 360° flight around the buildings, probably made with hundreds of images. The surface of that photo probably consists of some kind of microscopic small round lenses which direct the light on a tiny set of pixels or a sublayer with lots of rotated polarization filters. At some point the whole thing turns black which is an indicator for this kind of stuff. Just guessing ;)

    Can’t wait until there are good devices to view stereoscopic pictures.

  • Davin

    and for $1,500 a 12×18 print could be yours.

  • timelapsesux

    it’s actually super high resolution film capturing the interference pattern created by shooting lasers at a 3d model. Actually these guys now can make them from 3d files in full color also. Holograms are not photographs. One example besides being fully 3d (without glasses) if you rip a hologram in half, you can still see the other half. It’s like looking out a window. Every piece of a hologram contains all the information. If holographic hard drives become possible, you would never lose your data if you had even a tiny piece of it. I know a holographer who can get 20 feet of projection/depth in his holograms. So cool.