Clarify offers two kinds of true holographic image: analog and digital.
Our products embody award-winning patented technology to project real three-dimensional color images into the air.
Our analog products are ideal for cost-effective, eye-catching advertising and entertainment applications, and collectibles.
Our digital products provide real-time computation and display of holographic images for high-value technical applications such as neurosurgery, and for entertainment and games.
We also use analog, digital, and hybrid techniques to design and fabricate custom holographic optical elements. These are thin films or plates that replicate the functions of complicated optical systems including lenses, mirrors, gratings, waveguides, masks, splitters, and couplers. HOEs like these have almost unlimited applications in near-eye and head-mounted displays (HMDs), heads-up displays (HUDs), optical instruments including cameras and telescopes, LIDAR, and numerous kinds of microscopy and micro-manipulation. We can provide assistance at every stage from concept development, through prototyping, and into production.
The magical appearance of holograms as special effects in science fiction movies and TV shows has led to a vast popular appeal for the term "hologram". As a result, all manner of snake-oil sellers have misappropriated it, peddling almost any kind of display as holographic... even if it has only the vaguest hint to a third dimension... in some cases purely two-dimensional displays have been promoted as being somehow holographic!
When we say holograms, we mean the real thing – a flat surface which directs visible light into a three-dimensional light field. Think of them as sculptures of light. Our holograms have true depth, just as a sculpture has the true depth that a two-dimensional picture can only simulate.
Our analog holograms have far more presence than stereoscopic images. You don't need special glasses and you don't have to stay in a very narrow "sweet spot" to see them. You can look left/right and up/down around the image, and it remains stable, undistorted, and with the correct colors from any distance and viewpoint, even if you turn your head sideways!
Still versions look like three-dimensional posters, or sculptures.
Motion versions play short clips or loops, or can be interactive animated talking characters.
Traditionally, true holography has been expensive, time consuming, and difficult to deploy. Holograms have been difficult to make, and have required intrusive lighting and support structures. In most cases, holographers have only been able to work with real physical objects. Our proprietary technology includes the ability to work with existing 3D media assets, print stunning custom holograms in any quantity, and deploy them with an enclosed backlit display for easy, reliable use in public or private venues. Fresh images are printed on flexible film and delivered to customer locations just like a conventional translite or Duratrans.
With this technology, there's no need for eye-tracking or 3D headsets. These holographic images can be seen by multiple customers, young and old, tall and short, all simultaneously and in casual high-traffic venues.
Advertisers and entertainment locations can add these exciting attention-catchers to their media mix quickly, reliably, and cost effectively. The self-contained backlight also means no special site prep, lighting requirements, or installation worries, and it operates without supervision. It needs just a regular 120 Volt outlet. The images can be stills, loops, or interactive animations, and can be updated or replaced as easily as switching out a Duratrans.
Creators can design and preview true holographic content in familiar market-leading 3D environments for VFX, gamedev, VR, and CAD, including 3ds Max, AutoCAD, Blender, Cinema 4D, Godot, Houdini, KeyShot, Maya, Modo, Nuke, Revit, Rhino, SketchUp, SolidWorks, Unity, Unreal, and ZBrush. Generate fresh content to exploit this new medium, or repurpose existing 3D content. Work in full HD resolution and color, add spatialized sound tracks and effects, achieve accurate matching for your clients' branded content, and leverage your design skills into a new world of true three-dimensional content. This is a new platform for your creativity.
Manufacturers of displays, exhibits, kiosks, and vending systems can incorporate our backlight technology as an OEM component or kit of parts, and custom sizes and configurations can be provided for your requirements.
In addition to our proprietary technology, we have a well equipped holography laboratory, and are very experienced with all the traditional techniques of holography, including reflection and transmission, single-color, rainbow, achromatic (black and white), and full-color, Denisyuk, edge-lit, stereograms, and even holographic portraiture.
We can provide everything from high-value, unique, one-off pieces for personal or gallery collections, or pristine master holograms for mass-produced commercial work.
We understand the needs of a wide range of users… artists wanting to explore unique creative possibilities for manipulating and structuring light… commercial, media, and advertising purchasers with defined budgets and hard deadlines… and scientific and engineering users with highly specific technical requirements.
For smaller near-eye images, and for technical applications involving the direct manipulation of the phase of light, we compute true holograms on-the-fly, and display them using state-of-the-art liquid crystal microdisplays.
The optical phenomena we're all most familiar with are reflection, in which light is reversed, like a mirror, and refraction, in which light it deflected, like a prism. But there are other optical effects: diffraction and interference, by which light can be organized into complicated three-dimensional structures. All true holograms can reconstruct a three-dimensional image or light-field using the fundamental physics of diffraction and interference imaging.
Diffraction and interference are much less familiar than reflection and refraction. They only occur significantly when light interacts with features that are roughly the same size as the lightwave itself, about 500 nanometres (20 millionths of an inch). Our holograms reconstruct detailed images and structures by diffracting and interfering light at this scale into much larger precise three-dimensional light fields.
We can computer-generate holograms from a 3D data set or a CG model. They can be printed using our 50,000 dpi-equivalent printer for large analog holograms. Or they can be displayed in real time using tiny near-eye 8,000 dpi liquid crystal Spatial Light Modulators.
For digital computer generated holograms (CGHs) we provide the software to translate application-level content into the necessary phase patterns. We also provide LCoS hardware, coupling optics, and high-speed electronics to inject these CGH images into optical systems such as telescopes, microscopes, and head-mounted displays.
Just as for our analog holograms, CGH content can be created using familiar 3D environments, and we also can encode video feeds, medical and engineering data formats such as DICOM, and Zernike polynomials for arbitrary optical wavefront manipulation.