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Published 1st May 2012
There is no doubt that the hologram of the late Tupac was very emotive and has clearly captured the imaginations of attending fans. It is tempting to "get my geek on" and explain how the performance works, but in all honesty, it's not that complicated and other writers have already done an excellent job of this.
The perceived success though has been due to the surprise element as opposed to the quality of the performance. What I find most interesting is the response of the public - it was engaging in a way that has lead most conversations to: what next for the technology?
The most popular response seems to be that it was a niche performance that was only useful in the time and place it was enacted. But why would we restrict ourselves to this one off spectacle? The technology has been long in the making and waiting for some time to capture the lime light. Imagine ‘Live Aid’ style simultaneous concerts around the world with artists in one location, smaller venues as well as large arenas could carry the performance to your favoured location. Or a call with loved ones with full body interacts. More than just big projectors and screens, it is the chance to be fully drawn in by the experience.
If you believe those who tout this technology then that is where we’re headed, but we’ve heard that before. Send your thoughts into me at firstname.lastname@example.org