Of all the technological achievements of the Star Wars universe – faster-than-light space travel, antigravity, blue milk – the one that seems most ubiquitous is probably holography. Holographic projectors are all over the place. So why are they so crappy?
Holograms are here. At least that's what Microsoft wants you to think with its HoloLens headset and Windows Holographic software. But holograms are no new thing, especially if you consider the mountains of science fiction fodder that has been dedicated to the subject.
Last night's Billboard Music Awards brought Michael Jackson back from the dead in the form of a hologram—and you can watch the footage right here. Spoiler: there is moonwalking.
Holograms are super cool, but they're hard to make at home. Pepper's Ghost, on the other hand, is a relatively simple 19th century optical trick that looks like a 3D hologram and brought a very dead Tupac Shakur back to the stage. And Joey Shanks is here to show us how to rig up a system to bring Pepper's (or Tupac's)…
Tupac hologram, you were amazing. Beautiful girl in lingerie hologram, you might be even better. A lingerie store in France called Empreinte is using a hologram woman in lingerie after the store closes to attract people. I think it's working.
We already knew that the Tupac Hologram wasn't really a hologram but actually just a modern regurgitation of the old mid-19th century trick known as "Pepper's Ghost". If you were confused on how that illusion worked, be confused no more! Here it is.
If you were curious as to how a dead Tupac and Nate Dogg were going to "perform" at Coachella, well, here it is. Not looking a day over 25, the digitally created Tupac Shakur hologram acknowledged the Coachella crowd and rapped two of his songs.
File this under cool shit we probably won't see for a long time. Apple just recently filed filed an expanded patent application for a system that would detect hand/head motion around a computer and let you manipulate projected image controls.
They're calling it a 3D laser display, but I see all my holographic dreams being projected without a screen in mid-air. Now if we could only stuff it into an R2 unit.
Imagine being 8-years-old again and on a long car trip. Instead of whining "Are we there, yet?", you pick up a controller and play with your holographic animals. It sounds like science fiction, but it could be reality someday.
The Pentagon's mad-science arm wants robotic death-from-above, on demand. And the key to getting it done just might be holograms.
Click to viewHolography has just gained a fourth dimension, bringing the prospect of Star Wars-style holographic telepresence into the real world.
This is a clever video that only your mom might believe, but it makes me excited for the future where videos and pictures can be displayed as holograms. I can already imagine Jobs giving it a snooty name, like Magic Vision.
Jonas Jäger has taken this whole augmented reality thing from oh-cute! status to holy-frack-that's-cool position. His business card will make the owner appear like a 3D hologram, displaying Twitter information in real time, plus all kinds of cool stuff.