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    Default TUPAC Live at Cochella 2012

    more interested in the technical aspects behind the performance than the performance itself....

    Hip-hop fans are dropping their collective jaw as word of the Tupac "hologram" is ricocheting around the Internet. As seen in the five-minute video, a three-dimensional Shakur is seen, shirtless, moving across the stage, and even greeting the crowd at the beginning with a stunning voice that sounds an awful lot like Tupac himself: "What the [f] is up, Coachella?"
    The virtual rendition of the late rapper then proceeds to do renditions of two classic ĎPac tracks, "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted," while gesturing and walking back and forth across the stage in an extremely lifelike manner, replete with Thug Life tattoos and his characteristic necklace. Twitter, unsurprisingly, has been abuzz with chatteróspawning an admittedly hilarious new account: @HologramTupac: "Anybody got a spare 54 AA sized batteries? I think Snoop done smoked my charger. #PlugLife"
    Pepper's Ghost dates back to the 19th century
    Pepper's Ghost dates back to the 19th century
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    Only problem? This wasnít a hologram at all. Rather, it was a clever optical illusion technique known as "Pepperís Ghost," which dates back to a technique first described by an Italian scientist in the 16th century.
    This combination of high-quality computer rendering and old-school optical trickery has impressed many experts.
    "It is amazing, no question about it," David Brady, the head of the Duke Imaging and Spectroscopy Program at Duke University, told Ars on Monday. "The impressive thing here is how life-like and detailed and natural it seems, and thatís just an outcome of advances in computer rendering [rather] than display."
    But of course, while Tupac may be the best (and possibly first posthumous) performance of a Pepperís Ghost illusion, there have been plenty of others in recent years. Al Gore did it in 2007. Madonna and the Gorillaz did it in 2006. Richard Branson did it in 2005. Heck, even a Canadian backyard engineer built one in a few days for Halloween.
    John Pepper, a British chemist, adapted a technique conceived by fellow Briton Henry Dircks, for use in the theater by the middle of the 19th century. As a result, the technique was named after him.
    So hereís how it works: the audience needs to be able to see into the main room, but not into an adjacent hidden room. In the case of the Tupac "hologram," thatís the main stage where a real-life Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre were sharing the limelight. However, hidden on stage is a piece of glass, where the images can be reflected from and pushed into a target area that makes it seem like a single room. But off to the side, behind the glass, thereís a hidden room that has the original object being projected.
    These days, AV Concepts, the San Diego-based company behind the Tupac performance, uses a proprietary Mylar foil, known as Musion Eyeliner, rather than glass. The company said in a press release on Monday that its on-site server "delivered uncompressed media for 3 stacked 1920 x 1080 images, delivering 54,000 lumens of incredibly clear projected imagery."
    "For a large piece of glass to support its own weight on the 45-degree angle, it has to be very thick," explained James Rock, a creative director at Musion, a British company that has pioneered this technique, in a 2010 interview with the UK newspaper The Independent. "And that means you get a double image. It was called a Pepper's 'ghost' as the image wasn't very bright when using pre-electric light sources."
    However, in this case, a high-quality digital rendering of Tupac was simply projected onto that foil.
    "Itís a beautiful piece of CGI," said Michael Bove, the Object-Based Media group at the MIT Media Lab.
    "This is digital substitution of a character whoís not here anymoreóand thatís wonderful. And thatís the part we should be celebrating. The folks who made the content did a really lovely job. Iím surprised more people donít know more about this because itís been around since the middle of the 19th century," he said.
    The company has been pretty quiet about the precise details of the Tupac performance, with company representatives being careful to say that it wasnít a true hologram, but rather a "holographic illusion." This is despite the fact that the companyís own press release refers to it as a "hologram" and a "holographic projection." AV Concepts hasnít said whether Tupacís motion was taken from actual video footage of the rapper, or how the audio was createdóBove speculated that the audio may have been performed by a voice actor who sounds similar to Tupac.
    "This was a beautiful piece of content, the stagecraft was very nice, but there were not a whole lot of breakthroughs in the display end," Bove said. "They did a nice job of generating the characteróno question about that. But thereís less than meets the eye."'s_ghost
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    I seen that on the news, very interesting indeed.

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    Preety cool .............but kinda creepy too, being dead and all!

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    Well, good to see my initial thought of it being a 2d projection rather than a 3d voxel projection where correct. I know there's been some hush-hush level progress in voxel based projections in the last few years, but last I knew all still worked around a staticly mounted display w/ a rotating display 'screen' of one type or another.
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