At Coachella 2012, Tupac Shakur made his long-awaited return to the stage, rapping his Hail Mary track solo, then performing 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted with Snoop Dogg. How's that possible? Were the rumors that Tupac never died in the first place true? Well, no, that would be ridiculous. Instead, a lot of work went into making a holographic version of the iconic rapper. Curious how it all looked? Well, that's what the video above is for. Check out the return of 2Pac above, although you may wanna mute it if foul language isn't your thing.
Imagine, if you will, sitting in the local coffee shop waiting for your ever so tardy girlfriend to show up before your lunch break ends. Suddenly, she is right in front of you, only not in the way you had hoped. It’s a hologram, beaming straight from your cellphone right before your eyes. Her digital representative a fully rendered three dimensional image of her informing you that she will be there in 5 minutes. No, this is not science fiction - it’s the future. And the future is eye popping.
With the demands of technology growing by the second, our everyday bandwidth needs are increasing exponentially. Cisco and Verizon are both anticipating a quadruple increase in bandwidth requirements by the year 2014! This tremendous surge in our bandwidth needs can be attributed largely in part to the burgeoning 3D television market, as well as the growing use of streaming HD video.
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Shades of Princess Leia! Litiholo claims that their Hologram Kit can create a 3D image in about an hour with no chemicals. Instead, it uses a Safetylight laser. The kit comes with twenty 2 x 3-inch RRT10 plates, a plate holder, a mount with 2 diode pieces, an LED darkroom light, simplified instructions, a battery pack and batteries, at a price of $99.99. Litiholo also has tips on their site, an upgrade kit and figures for purchase, including the lovely princess and Yoda.
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GE is bringing good things to digital storage. Their new technology, still in the planning stage, allows standard sized holographic discs to hold about 100 DVDs of information. The data is encoded in light patterns, then the holograms refract light patterns when a laser is shined on them. While this technology has been around since the 60s, InPhase Technologies (part of Bell labs) has announced that they will be using $18,000.00 machines to introduce the system for video and storage of medical images.
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If you think your Second Life avatar is kewl, think again. Edd Hifeng is not just a typical virtual world figure. He is actually an AI created by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He can converse and reason to a limited extent. While he can answer limited questions, he only understands English that has been translated into mathematical logic. Director Selmer Bringsjord says Edd could be a hint of things to come and hopes that it will lead to more sophisticated holograms that can interact with people in 3D settings such as subway stops.
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