We may soon bid adieu to the pixel. It’s just too two-dimensional and will be replaced by its three-dimensional cousin, the hogel.

Researchers at the UA are getting closer to creating the kinds of moving, three dimensional images that will one day make our current 3-D movies seem amateurish.

“We’re not targeting the consumer market,” said Pierre Alexandre Blanche, lead author of a paper featured on the cover of the current issue of the scientific journal Nature.

“This is a research project,” he said.

Blanche expects the technology to be first used in video teleconferencing and in specialized uses such as surgeries and 3-D battle maps for the military, but he also expects it will ultimately prove irresistible to the entertainment industry.

Imagine, he said, a video game where your opponent can see behind a wall that blocks your view because of your position in the room.

“It has the potential for full immersion and virtual reality without goggles,” he said.

So far, the UA team, led by optical sciences professor Nasser Peyghambarian, has created images that “refresh” or change every couple seconds. It will require speeds of 30 times per second for use in movies or TV, but that goal is in reach, Blanche said.

Two years ago, the refresh rate was measured in minutes.

The UA group, led by optical sciences professor Nasser Peyghambarian, also reports in Nature that it has achieved the faster refresh rates in multiple colors for the first time.