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.
A Japanese man posted a YouTube video showing a real hologram created using a prism crystal, bits of cardboard, and his iPhone. The video shows a holographic Siri dancing around inside the prism, which can be viewed from different perspectives as the camera moves around the prism. The best part? The setup is so simple, you can make one yourself using your own smartphone.
Business cards are boring, even if you slot NFC inside them, but the swish business fellow around town could change all that with a home-made hologram card. Pioneer Corporation's idea of what construes a "compact" hologram printer might not exactly tally with ours - it's roughly the size of a large briefcase - but considering you're getting the ability to make your own full-color holograms we could probably forgive the discrepancy.
It had to happen. Just days after Coachella played host to the other-worldly return of the legendary rapper Tupac Shakur 16 years after his death, (Star Wars) Rebel Alliance member R2-D2 has been found to have played a part in his resurrection. Created in part by Sethward Productions, you Star Wars fans are about to get a taste of exactly what everyone was thinking about when they heard a holographic rapper was heading to the stage for this year's concert lineup on the 15th of April, headlined by none other than Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg. The video you're about to see is not licensed by Lucasfilm, nor has it been approved by Aftermath records in any way.
This week the web is buzzing with news that Tupac Shakur's return to this world as a holographic computer-generated image at Coachella may have changed the way we think of the art of representing the dead for entertainment. If Tupac, aka 2-Pac or Machiavelli as he so referred to himself on stage this week, can return to our plane of existence as a ghost in the machine, what's stopping the rest of our heros from becoming the living dead as well? Absolutely nothing, that's what.
Yesterday I mentioned that Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre had a holographic Tupac on stage at the Coachella music festival in California. The performance certainly left the audience and many people on the web awestruck at the realistic hologram that bought Tupac back to the stage for the first time since he died in 1996. The holographic performance was so popular that Tupac may go on tour again.
The things we can do with technology today never cease to impress. It's become normal in movies for computer-animated actors to be bought back from the dead or projected as younger versions of themselves along the lines of the younger Jeff Bridges in the new Tron film. Computer animation is a long way from projecting a deceased rap star on stage.