For their election coverage, the cable network CNN introduced new ‘hologram’ technology, where they would ‘beam’ onto their set from remote locations where they would be rendered in 3D. CNN referred to the beaming as ‘like Star Trek’ but some in the media can’t decide if this was ‘Trek’ or ‘Wars’ technology.
Watch Anderson Cooper interview musician Will.I.Am using the holo-technology.
Here is another clip explaining the technology
Media observers see Trek
here are just a sample
“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi” moment: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviewing Capitol Hill correspondent Jessica Yellin via hologram. What next? “Star Trek” transporters?
As we flip through television channels, CNN has pulled out about every tech trick in the book, including Star Trek-esque holographic projections of the U.S. Capitol to illustrate changes in Senate seats.
CNN took high-tech graphics even further: at one point, a hologram of the CNN correspondent in Chicago, Jessica Yellin, was made to look as if she were on Wolf Blitzer’s set, but she actually looked like an alien caught in a “Star Trek” transporter.
Visually, the most extravagant display of the night came from CNN when producers decided to beam in reporter Jessica Yellin from Chicago. Instead of doing a traditional satellite feed, CNN went “Star Trek” style and chose to have a hologram or digitally superimposed image of her explaining early voting results in Illinois to anchorman Wolf Blitzer.;
…CNN is going to reporters Star Trek style, using holograms of people in the field, beamed into the studio;
or is it Star Wars?
In the top above clip Cooper refers to ‘Star Trek’ but Will.I.Am notes he felt like ‘Star Wars.’ They weren’t the only ones seeing both.
The weirdest image of the election night was the Jessica Yellin hologram on CNN.
If you were watching, you may have seen correspondent Yellin chatting with Wolf Blitzer—well, a version of her.
Yellin was in Chicago for the Obama rally, but she was seen talking to Blitzer via a holographic projection (an idea from “Star Trek,” by the way). It looked as though she was standing 10 feet from Blitzer, but she wasn’t. It was a flickering, life-size version.
She tried to explain the technology behind the hologram (it involves 35 high-definition cameras). But let me break it down for you in terms you can understand: It’s totally weird.
She looked like that hologram of Princess Leia that Luke Skywalker finds in “Star Wars.” I keep thinking that the hologram of Yellin should be wearing the Leia-style white bedsheet and cinnamon-bun headgear. “Help me, Wolf Blitzer. You’re my only hope!”
Seven minutes before the polls closed, CNN decided to show off their new super power hologram technology just one more time, by “beaming in” Obama supporter and musician Wil.I.Am, Princess Leia-style, from his Chicago location. We’d seen Wolf Blitzer toying with the virtual-commentator equipment all night, but watching Cooper and Wil.I.Am. name check both Star Trek and Star Wars within five seconds of speaking to each other was by far the funniest moment of this surreal election night.
Call me crazy but was Wil.I.Am about to correct Mr. Cooper when he compared their new tech to Star Trek, because the hologram messaging method is clearly more Star Wars than Star Trek. Or is the Silver Fox trying to weasel is way into my nerdy heart even deeper?
It is Star Trek
I will have to disagree with our friends at io9 or at least offer a counter view. The CNN tech is more like the Star Wars communications than a TNG-style holodeck, but what they were most like was Star Trek’s holo-communicator. These were holographic communication stations installed on certain ships in the TNG era and seen on the USS Defiant (Deep Space Nine).
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