MIT Researcher: 'Tupac Was Not a Hologram,' But Holographic 3D Has a 'Bright' Future

Michael Bove. Jr. believes holographic TV on mobile devices could be a reality in the "near future."

Holographic 3D might be possible on mobile devices in the “near future,” though it is further out for large TV displays, according to V. Michael Bove. Jr., a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab, who presented an introduction to holographic TV, Thursday during a webcast hosted by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

Predicting a “bright” future for holographic TV, he related that it is “more practical than many people think." In fact, he said “multiple research groups” are working toward it’s potential – making it realistic, comfortable for viewers, and high quality.

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He believes that these recent technological advancements together with the widespread attention that has been placed on shortcomings of "traditional" 3D TV could create a real opportunity for holographic 3D TV.

During his talk, Bove also debunked what he has seen in marketing and the media, asserting that “most of what they call holograms are not.“ Specifically calling out the virtual Tupac performance at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, he argued, “Tupac was not a hologram, in fact it wasn’t even [stereoscopic] 3D.”

Bove related that the virtual Tupac performance was achieved using an old magician's trick using a mirror, known as a “Pepper’s Ghost.” (He explained this in The Hollywood Reporter during 2012.)