Holus tabletop holographic platform attracts crowdfunding cash

A platform that converts digital content from a computer, tablet or smartphone in to a 3D hologram has soared past its Kickstarter target just three days after launch.

Whether it is a board game, DNA structure or the solar system, Holus converts flatscreen content in to 3D, its creators said, with a four-angle view and interactivity. People have flocked to Kickstarter for the device, having pledged over $160,000 against the initial target of $40,000, with 27 days still to go.

The tabletop holographic platform could be an indicator of what consumer technology will be like in future years, appealing to people of all ages, with developers possibly creating their own holographic applications. There are two versions of Holus available: a home edition with two smartphone charging docks and a Holus Pro with an HDMI port and SDK tool for developers.

“Teachers can keep students engrossed in learning about DNA structure or the solar system by presenting information from multiple angles and encouraging physical interaction,” the Holus team said in a statement.

The hologram is pyramid-shaped rather than having four square sides to shrink the size of Holus so as not to take up too much space and to create a better visual effect. It features USB charging ports and mini-speakers that sync with devices. Smartphones can pair with Holus directly through a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection.

Users will also be able to interact directly with the content. “Holus’ enhanced interaction promotes memory retention and also health by encouraging users to move around and can also predict a user’s position through motion tracking,” they said.  

The Pro version of Holus will ship in March 2016 and Home will go to its buyers in July 2016.


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