Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

Sorry for nerding out here but I can’t wait for the technology of holograms to catch up to the movies on this one.  These images are from the Star Wars franchise. As a side issue, when did we start calling a movie series a franchise? I am fully aware they are now cash machines but do we really have to call them a franchise rather than a piece of entertainment… I digress. The original hologram scene with R2-D2 was captivating for 1977 whereas the later version pictures above with BB-8 is quite spectacular. These scenes are easily created as a digital effect for the big screen and some of the technology already exists with augmented reality however a fully fledged hologram is yet to ‘appear in reality’, I apologise for the terrible pun here but I could’t think of any other way to put it. The Star Wars ‘franchise’ has holograms throughout the film with small droid projections, in car / spaceship dash projections, big central meeting tables pictures below and even little hand-held devices, they’re treated like the norm.

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

There are also countless other sci-fi movies that have dabbled with holograms including, Star Trek, the Alien series (refer previous post here) and Ocean’s 12 with probably the most realistic hologram when they do the Faberge Egg heist.  I have also watched a film where Bjark Ingels presents his Figure 8 Apartment building with a semi augmented reality vibe but the idea of full-on realistic holograms are yet to be developed and get any traction in the business of architecture. The best applications so far have been a few recreations of performers like Elvis, Michael Jackson & Tupac for posthumous stage shows however I believe all of these are not true holograms but rather they are more optical illusion such as the ‘Pepper’s Ghost’ where you have a sheet of glass with an angled projection.  ABBA are apparently touring Australia in 2019 via hologram, yeah not the same thing.  I am talking more about the fully fledged idea of a few people sitting around a hologram desk in direct view of a 3D image or moving object, better still a object that can be manipulated by the user.  Consider them as a replacement for the physical architectural model or a progression from the on-screen view of the 3D computer model. Finger crossed this will happen in the near future.  A recent article on Archdaily popped up and this is the closest that I’ve seen, Euclideon Holographics are the group dabbling and they are apparently about $47K being such new tech.  Note the glasses and they also use a little hand held controller that looks like a squeegee.  Check the Star Wars shirt, they know where they are coming from.

Star Wars IV: A New Hope

Euclideon Holographics