Taking a page from Star Wars, CNN will be incorporating holographic technology into their broadcast of the election results tomorrow night. As previously mentioned, both Al Gore and Prince Charles have used this tech to address conferences virtually and reduce their carbon footprints. While we’re pretty sure CNN is thinking more of the “wow” factor and less of the “green” one, it’s great to see use of holograms taking off. From the article,
“CNN will have 44 cameras and 20 computers in each remote location to capture 360-degree imaging data of the person being interviewed. Images are processed and projected by computers and cameras in New York. There’ll also be plasma TVs in Chicago and Phoenix that will let the people being interviewed see Blitzer and other CNN correspondents. Bohrman says the network can project two different views from each city so Blitzer can appear to be in the studio with two holograms.”
Back in April, Serj Tankian, the frontman for Los Angeles rock band System of a Down, threw his support behind hologram tech as a great way for the group to reduce their carbon footprint. “‘I’ve had an idea for a long time, which might sound a little crazy, but I really want to look into holographic touring,’ Tankian told Billboard. ‘I think we could reduce our need to travel if we could project ourselves into meetings and concerts. We have the technology, and we’re not using it right now. It would open up a whole new world for touring — shows wouldn’t have to be limited to bars or clubs. There would be no travel costs, so bands with very little money could play shows, and tickets would cost less.’”
Sure, it’s not as great as the real thing — but we like that there’s a “realistic” option in the works out there. If a top-level exec can sit in a boardroom in LA without ever having to leave NYC and jump on his jet to get there, we’re all for it.