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.

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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 the Boston Symphony Orchestra represent some of the best examples of the practical application of this technology in the United States to-date.

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