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Japanese Scientists Create Touchable Hologram

Star Wars fans know what Luke would have done if Leia Organa's hologram, spouting out of Artoo's spyglass-like projector, was "touchable" to any degree (despite the eventual plot twist that made fans question Luke's crush in the first place). Taking a step beyond Star Wars and traveling into Star Trek territory, current real world Japanese scientist have actually created a hologram that can be felt.

Whether that means replicators and holodecks are slated to hit the market in the next few decades remains to be seen, however don't get too excited about these "physical" images: they won't provide textures or other familiar sensations. In fact, when a user passes a hand through the hologram, the only sensation they will provide is pressure. This is achieved by sending ultrasonic waves through the image.

According to Reuters, the Japanese scientists are actually using Nintendo's Wii remote to track the human's hand, mounted firmly above the hologram display area. So far, they've only tested simple holographic objects, however there are plans to use the technology in a more practical application such as a hospital, producing a virtual switch in an environment where contamination by touch can cause problems.

Hiroyuki Shinoda, professor at Tokyo University and one of the developers of the technology said that the new technology could eventually replace other physical objects, saving companies a few bucks while remaining environmentally friendly. There's no telling what will happen to the human race if the porn industry gets a hold of this technology.