World first as scientists use tractor beams to make objects dance

World first as scientists use tractor beams to make objects dance

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Increasingly the things we think of as science fact are becoming reality, but tractor beams also have more practical applications, such as transforming healthcare and manufacturing.   In addition to creating tractor beams like the ones straight out of Star Trek researchers have also been making more...

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Virtual reality without the headset, US startup debuts the “Looking Glass”

Virtual reality without the headset, US startup debuts the “Looking Glass”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF VR headsets create an isolating experience, so a US startup has found a way to create VR worlds without them.   Many people have dreamt about being able to use free form holograms, like the ones in Star Wars, to communicate with their friends and...

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Japanese scientists show off their latest 3D volumetric display

Japanese scientists show off their latest 3D volumetric display

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day we’ll move away from 2D screens and be entertained in true 3D, whether it’s holograms or naked-eye 3D screens, but researchers are still trying to find the perfect technology.   3D displays, like Samsung’s “soon to be released” naked-eye 11k displays, have been...

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