Thursday, September 29, 2011

First Contact with a Holographic Avatar

What’s it like to come in contact with a Holographic Avatar?

How does it ‘feel’ to have your actual hand pass through a Holographic Avatar’s virtual hand or body? Holography has and will continue to present us with new, sometimes radically new, imaging, concepts and applications that are going to challenge our past belief systems and ‘truths’ about what we thought was and will be possible.
Holography’s ability to record (or store) within a two dimensional plane then re-create (or re-construct) fourth dimensional (and multi-dimensional) visual reality opens up an array of possibilities in entertainment and educational experiences.

Holographics (applied Holography) will redefine what entertainment and educational ‘experiencing’ is and offer new portals of possibilities. Space can be created where it wasn’t before, and then occupied with virtual people and imagery. The virtual ‘outer’ space can be stored in the real ‘inner’ space of the holographic substrate.

Holography opens up the possibilities of creating environments and experiences that support a ‘post-terrestrial’ mind-set, freeing the participants to have a more total experience during each moment of their personal interaction and immersion in the HoloZone.

This video shows the Holographic Avatar (Mime) coming to life through a light and projecting out in front of the holographic image plane. For all observational and interactivity purposes, this Holographic Mime really does visually exist in and occupies space. Notice when First Contact is made with this Holographic Avatar my hand literally goes through the Mime’s outstretched virtual hand.

Next-gen imaging techniques inspired by this holographic capability will be folded into the HoloZone experiences we’re creating at Virtual Live Stage Entertainment and , including the images themselves being ‘triggers’ for the participant’s ability to interact with and change the experience.

This 3D journey into a ‘First Contact with a Holographic Avatar’ was taken and created by Eileen Borgeson and Jeff Allen using Sony’s Bloggie 3D camera. The holographic imagery was entirely reconstructed with the light source of the 3D camera.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Real-Time 4D Reconstruction and Recording of Holographic Images using only the Light from the 3D Camera

We’re so used to seeing print, photographic, video and digital images and symbols in 2D (shapes, contrast, and color) that when we see a hologram it’s hard to understand how can the images look so real compared to most other imaging techniques. The simple answer is that when a light source is directed onto a hologram at selective “reference” angles, it literally, reconstructs, with its own light, all the visual properties of the pre-programmed holographic image (s).

I was recording, in 3D, some ‘holographic techniques’ that we, (Virtual Live Stage Entertainment) will be ‘fusing’ into our initial HoloZone-hybrid (HoloDeck-like) Experiences, when I noticed an interesting capability. The light source emanating from the 3D camera itself was actually strong enough to recreate a fairly bright holographic image from a ‘pre-recorded’ hologram and the resulting image was capable of actually being recorded by the camera itself.

This felt like an excellent opportunity to demonstrate a most important principle… that holographic images are created entirely by light. This is why a hologram can ‘communicate’ directly to the viewer/participant’s eyes the exact description (information), in forth dimensions (space/time), of the object/scene recorded on/in the hologram. In addition, this particular hologram enabled the demonstration of viewing separate ‘holographic universes’, created within the same hologram, as shown by noticing how two entirely different images/scenes are visually reconstructed in 3D by the movements of the camera.

Notice the minute details of the images and how their highlights and perspective change with the viewing perspective. Notice how the holographic images completely disappear when the camera's light is switched off and an entirely new image or perspective appears when switched back on.

Eileen Borgeson ‘filmed’ this video with a Sony 3D Bloggie Camera and the light from it. David Bowie’s “TVC15” song is playing in the background. It’s about a Holographic ‘hologrammic (Bowie’s term)’ television and its ‘captivating’ capabilities.

Monday, September 19, 2011

VLS Entertainment’s “The Spirit of Rock & Roll” Avatar came to life in 3D at Birthday Bash

3D video of Pete Sarenana wailing at Kathy McNamara's Birthday Party - If your don't have red and cyan (blue) glasses click 3D and choose non-3D viewing)

Virtual Live Stage (VLS) Entertainment - 'Behind the Scenes’ blog series

Of course there’re ‘real’ individuals behind VLS Entertainment’s ‘virtual’ performers. “The Spirit of Rock & Roll” Virtual and Holographic Avatar is based on the passion, talent and spirit of Pete Sarenana.

Pete is a die hard enthusiast of Rock & Roll music who wails like no body else on guitar and synergistically combines his sounds and talent with others in the Carry On Band. He personifies the “Spirit of Rock & Roll” that many of us have for ‘down and dirty’ Rock and Roll.

VLS Entertainments has started capturing the images, nuances and essence of “The Spirit of Rock & Roll” Avatar in Randy Martinez’s studio. Of course “The Spirit of Rock & Roll” Avatar will not be bound by terrestrial restraints. “The Spirit of Rock & Roll” will be able to change form and shape at will…at least at our will.

In the spirit of Rock and Roll, Pete brought his Carry On Band (Mark Prudeaux, Adam Ponce and Rik Cruz) together with some very special guest stars and performed for his wife’s, Kathy McNamara, birthday party. Kathy was enthusiastically dancing the night away. Playing from their amphitheater in Pete and Kathy’s backyard, the music blasted ‘til the early morning hours. (Pete also has a full on recording studio on premise.)

Attending Kathy’s birthday celebration were many interesting characters and celebrities, including: Lou Pizarro, star of TV’s, ‘Operation Repo’, Jerry Salas of El Chicano (who performed all evening), Rudy Esquivel of G&R Entertainment and VLS Entertainment, artist, Eileen Borgeson and music producer, Gerry Gallagher.

A holographic installation was also set up showcasing Rob Taylor’s full color holographic woman with fan, which, as usual, fascinated the partiers with her seductive movements.

As for me, besides celebrating Kathy’s birthday, I found the evening to be a much needed ‘blast from the past’ with driving loud, live music taking me to a period before Holography where I was full time involved with music, managing groups and producing concerts.