BBC Is Testing A Holographic Television Inspired By Star Wars

The BBC has created an experimental ‘holographic’ TV device that brings to life some of its archive footage, ranging from the iconic BBC globes to giant dinosaurs. Cyrus Saihan is Head of Digital Partnerships and explains more on this exciting project.

Although the famous Princess Leia hologram from Star Wars was set a “long, long time ago”, this type of audience experience might not be that far away. Holographic experiences, like Ultra-High Definition or virtual reality, offer audiences a level of detail and realism that only a short while ago seemed virtually impossible but that are now becoming a reality.

For our experiment, we used existing technologies and simple techniques to explore ‘holographic’ content. The device that we made also gives us an extremely low-fi and low-cost way to assess how the ‘floating’ images of augmented and mixed reality devices, which aren’t readily available for audience testing, might be used to view BBC content in the future.

For the full fascintating blog on the developing technology, take the link below.

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