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This article was published on August 30, 2016

Indiegogo campaign wants to bring holograms into every home

Indiegogo campaign wants to bring holograms into every home
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Holograms aren’t just for science fiction anymore. Earlier this year we reported a story on a company that secured the rights to take Notorious B.I.G.’s likeness on tour, via hologram. Before that we saw Tupac rock Coachella. Sprinkled in for good measure we’ve seen Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston take to their respective stages to pay homage to the fallen superstars — or at least their hologram likenesses.

But are holograms a viable household technology? We’re skeptical, but this Indiegogo campaign wants us to believe it’s a possibility. The ‘HoloVit’ campaign page is devoid of any real detail and the technology selling for a mere $79 seems to cross into that “too good to be true” area that was once occupied by our thirst for Coolest Cooler.

For now though, we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. All things told, I want to believe this is a real thing.

The HoloVit is a patent-pending holographic system that uses three types of screens that change video into floating holograms. They aren’t 3D, like the large-scale production holograms, but a one dimensional holographic likeness should still prove quite entertaining.

The screen is designed for smartphones and tablets, while the larger ones are designed for TVs. Both offer hundreds of online videos as hologram shows and the company behind HoloVit is even working on a holographic video game dubbed HoloGram battle — available on both Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

Better still, the new hologram recording set allows you to turn yourself — or your friends — into holograms using a modular set that comes with a stand and laminated background.

If you want one, you can get the medium screen for 47 percent off retail at just $79. The units are expected to ship later next month. Cross your fingers that it’s legit… you really never know with Indiegogo (did I just invent a new Indiegogo motto?).

via Mashable