Apple and Facebook dominate the week, but holograms are the future

Apple and Facebook dominate the week, but holograms are the future

“If everything moves along and there are no major catastrophes we’re basically headed towards holograms,” filmmaker Martin Scorsese said in 2011 while promoting his 3D movie “Hugo.”

Well, here we are. Recently, I had a hologram of myself made at Avatar Dimension, which captures realistic 3D images and video in its volumetric studio in northern Virginia and transforms those into holograms.

Avatar Dimension focuses on corporate and government clients, many looking for holographic video-based training and education programs. “We have seen pent-up demand for more realistic avatars for more effective training in defense, government, and enterprise,” futurist Cathy Hackl, who is Avatar Dimension’s vice president of strategic growth and partnerships, told USA TODAY.

Holographic versions of historical figures such as U.S. presidents could be captured, “so their legacies can live on,” she said.

The tech company, located just west of Washington, D.C., works with Microsoft, which is developing a new platform called Microsoft Mesh to let people “interact holographically with others with true presence in a natural way,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during an online keynote last month.

For in-depth sessions, Avatar Dimensions does pre-production and test shooting for lighting, wardrobe and props. But capturing photos and video of myself and, separately, my wife Julie, took only minutes for the team at Avatar Dimension…Read more>>



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