Holo-Box Floating-Image Display


Holo-Box Floating-image Display


HinesLab-Holo-Box-01-Sketchers-shoe-storeThe Holo-Box at Sketchers in Santa Monica, California


      The Holo-Box aerial-image display makes 3-dimensional volumetric images float in space.  Images hover dramatically in mid air.  The Holo-Box provides true 3-D, with horizontal and vertical motion parallax, without the need of 3-D glasses.   

      Museums can offer closer views of artifacts, with the protection of a locked enclosure.  

      The Holo-Box can project images through store windows.  The Holo-Box is ideal in theme parks and the lobby of 3-D theaters.  


Holo-Box FS-4365


      The Holo-Box FS-4365 is ideal in trade shows and retail settings.  The 65° horizontal audience angle is wider than from any other floating-image display on the market.  

       The video version displays graphics from any video source, and is supplied with high-brightness display, and speaker.  The video and turntable modules can be swapped in just minutes.  


Holo-Box FS-4365 (turntable version)



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       The turntable version provides a life-like image of objects placed inside under lights to display the products in rich three-dimensional detail as if the object itself is floating in front of the Holo-Box.





  • Size: Floor standing.HinesLab-Holo-Box-04-Audience-Angle
  • image height: For average standing adult.
  • Video image size: approximately 11″ diagonal.
  • Product size: approximately 11″ dia. (turntable version).
  • Projected image distance: approximately 8 in.
  • Horizontal audience angle: 65°.
  • Non-glare front window.
  • Switches for lights, fan and turntable (or video).
  • Electrical: 110 VAC, 60 Hz.
  • With steerable casters and leveling feet.
  • Door for product or video access.


Counter-top Holo-Box CT-2260:


HinesLab-Holo-Box-05-Countertop-290p       The counter-top Holo-Box is ideal for jewelry, watches, cameras, cell phones and eye glasses.  Every detail, the depth of pearls and the sparkle of diamonds, is displayed in minute detail.  

       Internal lights illuminate objects on a turntable which rotate or can remain stationary.





Model CT-2260 Specifications:


  • Size: image at standing eye height, on a store counter.
  • Projected image distance: 7 in.
  • Horizontal audience angle: 60°.
  • Non-glare front window.
  • Switches for lights, and turntable and exhaust fan.
  • Electrical: 110 V AC, 60 Hz, 150 W.
Click to view the video of Counter-Top Holo-Box model CT-2260. Click to view the full-resolution photo of the floating image.



Glass-top Holo-Box GT-60:


     The glass-top Holo-Box is ideal for conference tables and bar tops.  At concession counters in movie theaters, the Holo-Box sells, popcorn and drinks.  When a theater is playing an animated movie, merchandise from the movie can be displayed as if standing on the glass counter.  

     In fast food restaurants, the Holo-Box can be built into the glass-top counter beside the cash register.  Burgers and drinks can appear to pop onto the counter to entice customers to buy.  In the example shown, the actual soda inside the cabinet appears on the glass top.





Floating 3-D images on the glass top (not of the watches themselves, but the aerial images) appear to be sitting on the glass.



Model GT-60 Specifications:

  • Height: table or bar-top surface.
  • image appears to rest on top, with “reflection” in the glass top.
  • Projected image distance: approx. 10 in.
  • Horizontal audience angle: 60°.
  • Switches for lights, and turntable.
  • Projected image size: approximately 7 x 7″.
  • Electrical: 110 V AC, 60 Hz.


Custom Grocery-Store Holo-Box:


     A custom Holo-Box made for the 2005 Food Marketing Institute trade show in Chicago where it won the Retailer Choice Award for Best New Technology.  A news story about the trade show said it was the “Buzz of the show”.


Custom Fast-Food Holo-Boxes:


      HinesLab can customize Holo-Boxes for use behind windows at hamburger drive-ins to tempt visitors to buy special meals or promotional items. 

*In reality, floating images cannot be seen unless they fall between the eye and the window of the Holo-Box.  Due to the difficulty of illustrating images hanging in mid air, the Holo-Box is illustrated somewhat from the side to indicate the position of aerial image seen by viewers from in front.



  • I was really amazed with your Holo Boxes!“, Ilya Morevsky, June 2013.
  • The Holo-Box won the Retailer Choice Award for Best New Technology at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) trade show in Chicago in June, 2005.
  • Steve’s a great guy and we really believe in this technology“, Bob Ostrander, VP, Provision Entertainment (a HinesLab licensee), quoted in Fortune Small Business Magazine, Jan. 2005.
  • It’s the most spectacular display I’ve ever seen, Michael Starks, Oct. 2005.
  • Holo-Box… is the finest volumetric display of its type ever done.”  Michael Starks, June 2004.


For more information:


       HinesLab is the primary-patent holder of the Holo-Box aerial-image technology, and licenses the technology to the following companies (a partial list):


innovative Media Solutions
1st Flr., 5–15 Cromer St.
London, WC1H 8LS

Mas Dimensiones
Campos Eliseos No. 215-C
Local C Polanco Chapultec
Distrito Federal C.P.  11560
follow the links: Productos, GHP

Prevission Inds.
San F., CA
(808) 662-3332

HoloDeal Inc.
2312 N. 127th St.
Seattle, WA  98125
(206) 367-6966


Hines’ lab notebook entry for this invention:

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      HinesLab is actively seeking licensees to commercialize this patented technology.  To discuss licensing, please contact Steve Hines at:



phone 818-507-5812