Holography is often used as a plot device in science fiction, appearing in a wide range of books, films, television series, animation and video games.

Holography has been widely referred to in movies, novels, and TV, usually in science fiction, starting in the late 1970s. Science fiction writers absorbed the urban legends surrounding holography that had been spread by overly-enthusiastic scientists and entrepreneurs trying to market the idea. This had the effect of giving the public overly high expectations of the capability of holography, due to the unrealistic depictions of it in most fiction, where they are fully three-dimensional computer projections that are sometimes tactile through the use of force fields. Examples of this type of depiction include the hologram of Princess Leia in Star Wars, Arnold Rimmer from Red Dwarf, who was later converted to “hard light” to make him solid, and the Holodeck and Emergency Medical Hologram from Star Trek.

With rapid advancements in imaging & visual experience, reality world has been fast changing. Holography is not a friction anymore there are many advancing technologies which would make it into our everyday life.

Reality as of today

  • Virtual reality (VR) immerses users in a fully artificial digital environment.
  • Augmented reality (AR) overlays virtual objects on the real-world environment.
  • Mixed reality (MR) not just overlays but anchors virtual objects to the real world.
  • Cinematic reality (CR) overlaying virtual objects, real world, holography in a cinematic virtual experience.

Virtual reality (VR)

Virtual reality is the term used to describe a three-dimensional, computer-generated environment which can be explored and interacted with by a person. That person becomes part of this virtual world or is immersed within this environment and whilst there, is able to manipulate objects or perform a series of actions.


Augmented reality (AR)

Augmented reality is the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in real time. Unlike virtual reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it.


Mixed reality (MR)

Now that you know the difference between VR and AR, it’s time to take a closer look at MR. In mixed reality, virtual content is not only overlaid on the real environment (as in AR) but is anchored to and interacts with that environment.

Microsoft sets the stage for mixed reality with new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update extends your creativity and productivity with immersive new realities, 3D storytelling, closer people connections, and cross-device experiences. With Windows Mixed Reality, explore new worlds, travel to top destinations, play games and more. Escape to a world beyond your imagination.


Trimble Connect for HoloLens is a mixed-reality solution that improves coordination by combining models from multiple stakeholders such as structural, mechanical and electrical trade partners. The solution provides for precise alignment of holographic data on a 1:1 scale on the job site, to review models in the context of the physical environment.



Cinematic reality (CR)

“Cinematic Reality” the imaging advancement that usurps holography as the far-flung pinnacle in visual experience at the technological crossroads of cinema, augmented, and virtual reality.

The company, Magic Leap, is based in Florida and is run by Rony Abovitz. (Here’s a great piece from New York Magazine breaking down his eccentricities). Abovitz used to run a medical device company, MAKO Surgical, which he co-founded. Stryker Corporation, the medical technology company, bought MAKO Surgical for $1.65 billion in 2013.