The Future of Cell Phone Communication?

The Future of Cell Phone Communication?

Taryn Williford
Oct 17, 2008

David O'Reilly, an animator and filmmaker, has created an iPhone application, iHologram, that acts as if it were a hologram. For now, it's just an animation of a little running cartoon cat from a film of his, but in the future, this could be how we message each other Princess Leia-style. The video of his successful application is under the jump, as is a less-than-convincing mock up of a hologram message...

The application works by assuming a constant viewing angle of 35-45 degrees, as if looking down on the iPhone on a tabletop. The 3D scene's perspective is warped using anamorphosis, a warped perspective, but updates dynamically using the iPhone's built-in gyroscope to calculate rotation on the y-axis. In layman's terms: We can look around the video environment by turning the device (there are also controls for manual rotation with a slider on the left hand side of the screen).

A less successful hologram message:

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