Cash boost for 3D floating projection system

Projection technology that creates 3D floating objects and started life as an art installation could become commercially available after its creators landed a cash injection of £100,000 (approximately €113,000).

Dubbed ‘Help Me Obi’, the system unveiled by artistic duo Helson and Jackets in 2008, is set to be made into a commercial prototype and tipped for use in videoconferencing, museums, education and advertising.

The product creates moving video objects up to 12-in in size. They can be seen from all angles as a viewer moves around them. 

Developers Chris Helson and Sarah Jackets report that the system took many years to get to the unit they have today, ironing out a number of problems including a flickering image.

They hope that the £100,000 grant from Smart:Scotland, and the resulting commercial prototype, will lead to more investment to further product development.