Using a single Xbox Kinect and standard graphics chips, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) researchers demonstrate the highest frame rate yet for streaming holographic video.

At the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers’ (SPIE) Practical Holography conference in San Francisco the weekend of Jan. 23, members of Michael Bove’s Object-Based Media Group presented a new system that can capture visual information using off-the-shelf electronics, send it over the Internet to a holographic display, and update the image at rates approaching those of feature films.

The researches are confident that with a little more time, they can boost the rate of 15 frames per second even higher, to the 24 frames per second of feature films or the 30 frames per second of TV — rates that create the illusion of continuous motion.