DARPA Creates Interactive 3-D Holographic Map Table

A 2D Representation of UPSD's 3D Image. Source: DARPA

A 2D Representation of UPSD's 3D Image. Source: DARPA

Popular Science reports via DARPA:

Long gone are the days of pushing plastic armies around hand-drawn maps. Today’s military planners deserve technology of the future, and that means nothing less than 3-D holograms will do. Luckily, we have DARPA, ever-ready to step in with a solution. The Urban Photonic Sandtable Display (UPSD) allows up to 20 participants to simultaneously view and manipulate the 360-degree, 3-D image on the table, without having to wear 3-D glasses.

The display can be expanded to as large as six feet, and has a visual depth of up to 12 inches. UPSD is also interactive – battle planners can freeze, rotate and zoom in on the images. They can also print out two-dimensional representations of the 3-D data (seen above) that troops can carry with them on their missions.

Zebra Imaging won the contract to create the technology for UPSD, and DARPA is using LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) systems for the data. The technology is not field-ready yet but has been demonstrated and is now being installed in Army and Air Force research centers…

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  • 5by5

    Great. So now we can know how to maneuver down the trench in the Death Star and hit the two-meter wide target area that’s a small thermal exhaust port, right below the main port.

    Whew! That was close. Now if we an only find a pilot who can bullseye womp rats in a T-16. They’re not much bigger than two meters, you know….

  • 5by5

    Great. So now we can know how to maneuver down the trench in the Death Star and hit the two-meter wide target area that’s a small thermal exhaust port, right below the main port.

    Whew! That was close. Now if we an only find a pilot who can bullseye womp rats in a T-16. They’re not much bigger than two meters, you know….