Volvo innovators are shaping the way we will live in a future not so far, far away with hologram technology like that seen in Star Wars.
In an unremarkable building at Torslanda, Volvo’s HQ in Gothenburg, Sweden, lies a remarkable office. Through a maze of corridors, and behind a door that looks like any other, is a dark room with a huge screen on the wall, long desk in the middle, and a control booth in the corner.
This is the home of Volvo’s virtual and augmented reality team – full of fresh, young, innovative people working with technology that is changing the automotive industry: holograms.
“Have you seen Star Wars?” asks Loris Cwyl, the team leader. “Do you remember when the little hologram of Princess Leia is beamed out of R2-D2? That’s Microsoft HoloLens. You’re in a real environment where you see a hologram that’s a fixed object. We are using this technology right now.”
HoloLens is, in fact, a mixed-reality headset. It looks like a cross between a pair of wraparound sunglasses and ski goggles. Unlike virtual reality – which replaces your environment with a virtual one – the HoloLens user sees the world around them as it really is.