You will surely remember the memorable scene in Star Wars in which Princess Leyla appeared in hologram form to Obi One Kenobi to ask for help against the empire.
It has now been several decades since this episode appeared in cinemas around the world, and since that time so many advances have been made by hologram technology.
Today, what seemed light years away from reality in 1978 has finally been realised.
Holograms, in fact, are now part of our lives: they represent a new way of communicating in many fields, from film to advertising or event organisation, where the ultimate goal is to surprise and amaze.
We have now reached an advanced step that has transcended all forms of conventionality to bring to life what we have all been waiting for years: Teleportation.
It is called ‘Holoportation‘ from the union of the terms: hologram and teletransport indicating precisely the use of holograms to teleport someone wherever they want.
Sounds incredible, doesn’t it?
But it’s all true!
Today we can talk about ‘teleportation‘, as a real meeting but in virtual form, easily accessible via a simple wireless connection.
Holoportation offers man the possibility of being in two or more places at the same time while maintaining a degree of credibility that rivals the real thing!
NASA experiments with holoportation first
The first Holoportation took place by NASA, which experimented with the first remote medical consultation by teleporting a surgeon directly into the International Space Station.
This was the first Hologram teleportation that was able to take people beyond the borders of planet Earth.
It was on 8 October 2021 when Dr Josef Schmid found himself transported to the ISS without moving from his practice on Earth.
At the same time, astronauts aboard the station equipped with Microsoft Hololens (put link to page) were able to follow what the professor was saying, to see, hear and interact with the host.
“It is a brand new way that can change human exploration as it allows our person to travel off-planet. Not so much with the body, which does not move, but with the mind” said Dr Schmid.
No video or Augmented Reality technology, we are talking about a real remote communication system that uses the potential of high-resolution 3D models to project them elsewhere.
A method that could help extra-terrestrial telemedicine for astronauts but not only…
Holotransportation with Media Engineering
The fields of application of this fantastic discovery are varied.
In addition to medicine, training and research, we imagine it could also be used in the entertainment sector.
Holograms of singers, actors, presenters, speakers in real time projected during shows and events.
Distance will no longer be a limiting factor with holographic projection precisely because it is extremely faithful to reality. It brings back details, colours, lights that give a three-dimensional image equal to the real thing!
We at Media Engineering experimented and applied this technology during a live event held in Rome.
We transported one of the speakers from his studio in Bologna, directly onto the stage.
Astonishment and disbelief shone through the faces of the audience, who had perhaps never before witnessed such a futuristic performance.
And we are just at the beginning!
Short extract of the Innovation day 2022 event at the Elis in Rome