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Holus promises Princess Leia holograms from your phone

Holus promises Princess Leia holograms from your phone

Holographic tabletop platform Holus connects to smartphones, tablets, and PCs to turn 2D content to 3D holograms. This machine uses projection in a pyramid-like structure inside a table-like box that allows you to display and interact with 3D content. Users are able to connect with the machine using full-sized HDMI and/or USB, and connections are supported through several types of smart devices. This is a crowdfunded project for now, but in the first 20 minutes of being on Kickstarter, it's both reached and surpassed it's goal by over 150%.

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Jem and the Holograms trailer is just the worst

Jem and the Holograms trailer is just the worst

The first full-length trailer for the live-action movie Jem and the Holograms is released to mixed reviews. If you were looking for something Truly Outrageous, you might be in luck. For all the wrong reasons. What you're going to get isn't the cartoon version of Jem. You're not going to get something campy and fantastical. Instead you're just going to get Pitch Perfect again. Just in time for Pitch Perfect 2! And lucky you, this movie was given a budget of $5 million to shoot, shot as fast as possible, made into a Chick-Flick while its 80's-era partners are given more than 100x that budget.

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Understanding HoloLens in 5 steps

Understanding HoloLens in 5 steps

Microsoft's most impressive and strange project right this minute is the augmented reality headset "HoloLens." This headset was first introduced back in January at the big Windows 10 event. We've had the opportunity this week to go hands-on and eyes-on with the newest iteration of this once-tethered headset at BUILD 2015, Microsoft's developer conference, and have produced one massive hands-on feature. For those of you wish a slightly shorter attention span, there's the article you're reading right now. This is Understanding HoloLens in 5 steps.

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Microsoft HoloLens hardware: No Connections Required

Microsoft HoloLens hardware: No Connections Required

This week at BUILD 2015, Microsoft is running down what may very well be the final hardware for their holographic headset, Microsoft HoloLens. This device, they reiterate and assure us, needs no wires, no external cameras, no smartphones, and no connectivity to a PC. "People used to say computers today can do enough," said Microsoft's Alex Kipman, "[but] what are we going to do with all this extra computing power? We are going to start using this power specifically to help us understand humans and the world around us."

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Hologram protest in Spain is a world’s first

Hologram protest in Spain is a world’s first

Behold another world's first you get to witness during your lifetime: the first-ever holographic protest, which took place in Spain to protest new so-called "citizen security" bills that aim to, in part, cut down on the options citizens in the nation have for protesting. One such limitation on protest freedom will be a ban on protesting in front of Parliament. In response, a group of protesters used a bunch of holograms to protest in front of the lower house of Parliament, doing so both to catch ample public attention, and to show what the bills could result in -- having to use holograms in your place.

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Windows Holographic: Windows 10’s augmented reality

Windows Holographic: Windows 10’s augmented reality

Forget what you know about Virtual Reality and the way Windows is generally used to make it happen. This week Microsoft have revealed Windows Holographic, a system which will place Windows all around your environment, over everything. "A few years ago we started asking ourselves - could we make things simple so technology would just disappear?" said Microsoft's Alex Kipman, "Until now we've immersed ourselves in the world of technology, but what if we could take technology and bring it into our world?"

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Sound sculpting creates holograms you can feel

Sound sculpting creates holograms you can feel

Holograms aren’t exactly new technology; they have been around in various forms for decades. One thing that has held true for all of these holograms is the fact that you can only see them and if you try to touch them, you feel noting but the void. A new technology promises to create holograms that you can touch and feel using a technique called sound sculpting.

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Virtual pop star Hatsune Miku performs on Letterman

Virtual pop star Hatsune Miku performs on Letterman

Hatsune Miku is a virtual pop singer that gets her voice courtesy of Crypton Future Media, which is based out of Japan. Using various Vocaloid synthesizers, she belts out songs and, despite her lack of flesh and blood, enjoys quite a fan base. Thanks to increasingly sophisticated projection technology, Hatsune has taken to more than one stage to perform songs, with the latest one being on The Late Show with David Letterman, where she danced and sang alongside a live band before fizzling away in a poof of digital magic.

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Holograms to preserve Holocaust survivor stories

Holograms to preserve Holocaust survivor stories

The Holocaust is one of the most well-known events in history, and while there are still a handful of survivors out there, that number is quickly dipping. So, in order to preserve stories from survivors of the Holocaust, USC's Institute for Creative Technologies and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute have begun working on full-body interactive holograms that feature the survivors themselves.

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