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Experimental ‘holographic’ TV for an immersive experience

26 September 2016

The BBC has created an experimental ‘holographic’ TV that brings to life some of the BBC's most iconic footage from across the globe.

‘Holographic’ TV display showing factual footage (Credit:BBC)

Cyrus Saihan, Head of Digital Partnerships for the BBC explains in a blog post that the experiment used existing technologies and simple techniques to explore ‘holographic’ content. 

The BBC saw that people have been creating smaller holographic displays using mobile phones and tablets. They wanted to make a larger version of these displays to experiment with how holograms would appear on a larger screen. 

Saihan said ‘to make our ‘holographic’ TV, we took a 46” TV that we had in the office and then asked a local plastics cutter to make a simple acrylic pyramid shape based on some sketches’. 

By placing the pyramid on top of the TV, a holographic illusion was created. For it to succeed, Saihan states that the video footage had to be of a certain type. The footage was selected through the BBC public service and the BBC worldwide archives and with the help of specialist company MDH Hologram, the videos were tweaked to bring them to life. 

The experiment demonstrated that the images were more powerful when the lighting levels were low and when the display was placed at eye level. A few of the audience members participating in the experiment noted that ‘you feel more engaged with the image, more involved’. 

Even though the experiment was fairly simple, it demonstrated the potential changes media experiences will see in the future. 

To read Cyrus Saihan’s full blog, click here.

Video courtesy of BBC News.

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