Pepper's Ghost Hologram: New Take on an Old Trick
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Pepper’s Ghost Hologram: New Take on an Old Trick

Posted by | 05/12/2012 | Digital Marketing, IxD | No Comments

Everyone in the office (and the world) was amazed when late rapper Tupac Shakur sang side by side to Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre in a live concert in the 2012 Coachella Music Festival. As we love all things digital we were in awe of this amazing technological advance, but I clearly remembered seeing these technique years ago in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. My coworkers just brushed it off as a kid’s faulty memory, but after a short research I realized that this cutting edge technology is at least 150 years old; it is an optical illusion technique that was devised by Liverpudlian engineer Henry Dircks in 1858 who called it “Dircksian Phantasmagoria” and further polished by British scientist John Henry Pepper gaining it the name of “Pepper’s Ghost”.

From the ghost of Dickenson’s play “The Haunted Man” to Tupac, the pepper’s ghost “holograms” has been used to bring the dead to life since the 19th century.

Imagineeringdisney explains the setting of the Haunted house quite thoughtfully, and wikipedia and you tubers do a wonderful job on explaining how pepper’s ghost works in general, so I won’t. But I will say that is pretty easy to set it yourself and I think that the Haunted Mansion could do with a Natural User Interface (NUI) based mirror me ghost.

Interactive Real-size Hologram

Japanese company LM3Labs have a developed an interactive gesture-controlled hologram called AirStrike. How cool is that?
Source engadget

Crypton Future Media – Hatsune Miku

It’s no secret Japan interactive technologies are the most advance out there, so it’s no wonder Vocaloid pop princess Hatsune Miku has been rocking her holographic self all around since 2010 accompanied by her bone and flesh band.

Diesel ‘Liquid Space’ Holographic Fashion Show

Source Creativereview

Christmas Surprise with Mariah Carey Hologram

Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile) surprised Europe with a Mariah Carey Christmas concert in Germany, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Poland at the same time.

Source The Inspiration Room

Free Format Teaser by UAU! Mídia

Pepper’s Ghost from Projection

This is a nice visual explanation of how Pepper’s Ghost from projection works, done by SpectralIllusions.

DIY Pepper’s Ghost Effect

by Lauren, Zephyr and Jacob

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