We’re all familiar with the hologram and eager to start playing with them in mixed reality, but what about the HumaGram?
That’s a term coined by Augmented Reality Holographic Technology (ARHT) Media and refers to its interactive human holograms, which beam a person or item onto a stage or advert with remarkable accuracy. You can see television and radio host Larry King introduce the concept below, but it’s also been demonstrated to live audiences. At first glance it might not look too impressive; it’s essentially bringing a live feed of a human to display across the world. But here’s what’s really interesting; the company has teased that it will be combining the technology with VR later this year.
That is according to an announcement made this month as the first ever live interaction demonstration of a HumaGram was showcased at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. There King himself ‘appeared’ on stage while really back in Los Angeles, California. Later this year, ARHT will host what it’s calling the “world’s largest Augmented and Virtual Reality learning event” with the help of world famous motivational speaker, Tony Robbins.
What that essentially means is that Robbins will be ‘beamed in’ to various locations around the world using HumaGram technology, essentially to host a live conference in different places at once. For those that don’t attend one of those screenings, Robbins will also be appearing in VR at the same time. It’s not yet clear just how this VR experience will go, though you can at the very least expect Robbins’ hologram to appear in VR just as it does on the screens that it will be broadcast to.
If ARHT could bring the full extent of its technology, including interactivity and maybe even 3D modelling into VR then it could represent a significant leap forward for the tech. Conferences could become entirely virtual affairs that everyone has unlimited access to. Imagine an E3 in which everyone would able to be in the room for one of the highly anticipated press conferences. It’s an exciting thought, but ARHT is yet to prove what it can really do for VR.