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The Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI) is showcasing an app at CeBIT 2015 in Hannover that enables users to navigate around panoramic images on a tablet.

09 Mar. 2015

Mr. Spock's earthly form, Leonard Nimoy, is now sadly departed and mourned the world over – but sci-fi epic Star Trek lives on. By now, some of the most creative inventions from the series have even become reality. Yet the holodeck, which allows the characters to explore virtual worlds, is still locked away in the realm of science fiction. All the same, science fact is now starting to get a bit closer, thanks to 360-degree panoramic images that resemble this effect. Researchers at the Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI) are showing just how this is achieved at CeBIT in Hannover.

The Berlin team’s latest creation actually revisits a now outmoded idea that enjoyed commercial success in IMAX cinemas – before 3D technology transported our senses right into the heart of the action. Thanks to the latest research from the HHI, panoramic images could soon pop up somewhere rather surprising – on the screens of smart TVs, smartphones and tablets – in the form of high-resolution sections from panoramic images that users themselves can select and navigate. It's not just Trekkies who will be fascinated to learn how the technology works and what’s involved – and visitors to CeBIT will get a unique chance to see it for themselves.

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