Episode VII will be set 30 years after Return of the Jedi. A lot of questions are floating around…Will Luke Skywalker have opened a new Jedi Academy? Will Han Solo and Princess Leia have kids? Does Chewbacca have grey fur now? Who will be the new villain? But what we really want to know is – will they fix that flickering, interlaced hologram by then?

Obi-Wan Kenobi hologram transmission from Star Wars Episode II.

A lot happens technologically in three decades, and the Star Wars galaxy has had eons to produce the awesome technology we see on screen such as hyperdrives for interplanetary travel at light speed, tractor beams, particle beam barriers, laser blasters and lightsabers of course. They have floating land speeders, probe droids, and all manner of droids from multi-tasking hackers like R2-D2 to 6-million-language butler droids like C-3P0, and even killer assassin bounty hunter droids like IG-88 – not to mention the whole army of “clankers” from the Prequel Trilogy. And while they have made huge strides in intergalactic communication like recorded and real-time, low latency interplanetary holographic video, ship-to-ship and planet-to-ship audio/video communications which can stream across vast distances of space plus the more portable handheld mobile displays for the hologram version of Apple’s Facetime, the Quality of Experience (QoE, or simply QX) looks like it came from a 1970’s television!

Given that now Star Wars is a Disney property along with Marvel, maybe they can borrow some technology from Iron Man giving Luke Skywalker some interactive hologram technology to plan his next Death Star attack.

Tony Stark (Iron Man) using advanced interactive hologram technology.

These days the hologram is no longer just sci-fi but a reality, and its future is bright. There are companies like Displair who are making interactive holograms, and Ostendo Technologies who are at the bleeding edge of current hologram technology to be placed in mobile devices. HOLHO from Imagination Farm USA also has currently marketed hologram technology for sale which is compatible with tablets and smartphones.

So if Influxis opened shop in the Star Wars galaxy, what would we offer over the current standards? We would of course offer the ability to not only stream video and audio and real-time data transmission, but could offer remote robotic interactivity and galaxy-wide servers for hosting a robotic army with backup servers (just in case a kid in a starship fires off a couple proton torpedoes inside a hangar resulting in a planetary orbital command ship getting blown to pieces). We would fine-tune the hologram for not only 4k but maybe 16K quality deinterlaced playback, and ensure secure streaming to prevent any snooping by the Empire…

As matter of fact, not too long ago in this galaxy right here on this planet actually, Influxis worked with VNTANA to live stream an international hologram in real-time. VNTANA provides HD quality holographic experiences for artists, celebrities and brands to connect with their audiences and fans, and is also the creator of the patent pending V-3 Hologram System, “the most advanced, scalable and cost-efficient hologram system on the market”. Influxis supplied the ultra low-latency connectivity to stream a live HD quality hologram broadcast from Los Angeles, CA to Seoul, South Korea for a real-time holographic experience. Co-founder and CEO Ashley Crowder was beamed internationally to an audience in South Korea, and she held a live Q&A session via phone call. You can read more about it on VNTANA’s blog.

So high quality streaming is available now. Will Star Wars’ futuristic technology catch up?

VNTANA’s Co-Founder Ashley Crowder waiting to go live in a trans-pacific hologram stream. Less than a one second delay from their LA headquarters to Seoul, South Korea!

Other real-world hologram examples:

First On-Stage Hologram Presentation, made possible by TradeShowHologram:

Interactive Hologram from Displair:

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