We have seen some pseudo hologram technology in action previously, like when Tupac appeared at Coachella in digital form or when the Michael Jackson performed at the Billboard Music Awards. And now, Scotland based artists Chris Helson and Sarah Jackets (known as Helson and Jackets), have created an installation that may be one of the more interesting versions of the tech yet.
Dubbed Help Me Obi after the popular Princes Leia hologram scene from Star Wars, the piece essentially projects what the two call "360-degree video objects" in space. The various objects are displayed at up to about 12-inches in size, appear to float in mid air with no visible tether in site, and consist of things like a newborn child and NASA's Voyager 1 (seen above). The viewer can walk around the machine and see the object from any position.
The artists seem to point at it not being a true hologram but rather a sort of 3D video that tricks the eye into thinking as though it were completely 3D, but it is still unclear at this point. The two are aren't giving out much info on the technology behind the art installation as they are still seeking a patent on it. Helson, who worked as an aircraft engineer previously, said we aren't actually seeing "a 3D hologram, we use the term holographic to help to describe it because there is nothing else like it, it's a device that produces 360 degree video objects. The machine creates 360-degree moving video objects apparently floating in space."
Help Me Obi will be on display starting later this week on July 31st until August 30th at the Alt-W exhibition in Edinburgh, Scotland and you can check out some footage of the machine in action below: