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Holographic image

At the Billboard awards show over the weekend, Michael Jackson performed as a hologram. That is a sentence we now say and it is true. Jackson's hologram sang along to a newly-released song, "Slave to the Rhythm," the latest off his posthumous album Xscape. The spectacle was all anyone could talk about that night, the next day, and probably for a while to come.

So maybe holograms are ushering in a new form of live entertainment?


Will holograms spawn a new form of concert?

With all the hubbub in the last couple days about holographic performers, is there any chance this might catch on? If's possible, but its success depends on whether or not audiences develop a taste for it.

The technology itself is actually an illusion (see the video below). Basically, an image is projected to a screen, which is picked up by a angled piece of foil that's transparent enough to be difficult to see. It can be used to display real images as well as animations, so it can used for other purposes, like a video conference or presentation that makes it seem as if the subject is actually present at the event.