What is holographic projection?
Holographic projection technology is used to create the illusion of life-size, full-color, 3D moving images using digital video projection. The system projects video content onto a thin, clear material that is suspended in a theatrical set, and the projected characters appear to be interacting within the physical elements on the stage.
The underlying approach was developed by John Pepper in the late 1800s and a high-tech, modern version was successfully implemented by MediaMerge for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.
What applications are there for it?
Any situation in which characters need to be portrayed in a realistic environment is an ideal use of this technology. History museums are prime candidates for using these life-like presentations of important characters in a way that is engaging. Reading about history is interesting. Seeing history come to life before your eyes is much more memorable.
Who’s using it?
Holographic projection has been used in a wide range of venues including live teleconferencing, international music awards shows, and museums. MediaMerge’s implementation of holographic projection at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and the temporary exhibits for theBoston Symphony Orchestra represent some of the best examples of the practical application of this technology in the United States to-date.