Holography: The Next Disruptive Technology

Report No. ARL-TR-8007
Authors: Tomoko Sano
Date/Pages: April 2017; 24 pages
Abstract: Camouflage has been used by the US Army for years for concealment and obscuring objects. Though effective, this is a relatively simple passive-defense tactic with limitations. Augmenting or manipulating reality to confuse and deceive the enemy would be the next innovative step forward. Is it possible in the future to create a deceptive holographic army or a holographic concealment in the battlefield? Using a 2-D screen and holograms for training purposes and for meeting face to face, as well as touchscreen haptic holographic displays, are already possible. The ability to project true holographic 3-D objects in air using femtosecond lasers that can be viewed from all 360° angles was just developed. What is the timeline and what are the technological gaps that must be solved before holographic innovations can revolutionize visual deception? And, how much shorter is the timeline for holography's use for training and communication applications without using special headsets or glasses? What are the promising methods and extent of capabilities of the various holographic projections being developed today? The objective of this deep dive is to search, review, and assess the current and rapidly changing technological advances in holography and how it could transform the Army's in-theater tactics as well as training and communication.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: April 1, 2017