At Siggraph 2016, a company named Lumii presented a technology that I’m having a hard time believing.
As co-head of the Lumii team and participant in the MIT Media Lab Tom Baran explains, their technology can generate full-color 3D holograms using nothing but an inkjet printer (like the one probably sitting on your desk). It works by breaking down a 3D model into patterns that are printed and layered on top of one another to achieve the 3D effect.
Lumii demonstrated the technology at the conference by 3D-scanning people and then printing off a 3D holographic selfie. I’m pretty jealous.
A hat tip to Prosthetic Knowledge for finding this one.