Oct. 16, 2008, Steven Smith

A history of the Optical Print Display Hologram

The advent of the commercial Hologram industry in the early 1980's lead to the development of small to large format optical display holograms as large as 2 meters square, and has progressed to larger format digital holographic imaging technology in full color available today.  Where has the market gone?  Was this a promise unfulfilled or yet to be realized.

Steven L Smith

Steven L Smith started one of the first successful commercial holographic imaging laboratories in the early 1980's, The Lasersmith Inc. of Chicago Il. He saw it progress from small to large format optical display holograms into high yield security holograms that you see today. He developed some of the first full color real time capture systems and fulfilled a long time goal of working on full color digital hologram printers under the research of Dr. Stephen Benton at Spatial Imaging Group in MIT's Media Lab.

Examples of work over this period will be presented.


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