How to Make Holograms With An iPad

Ransom Riggs

Yes, you really can make holograms with an iPad -- though it's a bit of a cheat. A beautiful cheat that involves some stop-motion animation, pioneered by BERG Studios. Boiled down and somewhat oversimplified, it works like this: the team renders blocks of 3D animation in software, and then "play" cross-sections of that animation in real time, in real space, on an iPad, while capturing that transmission of light-through-space in time lapse pictures. By doing this over and over again, you can get some really cool results -- that look a heck of a lot like the holograms we all imagined we'd have in the future.

Making Future Magic: iPad light painting from Dentsu London on Vimeo.

Via the picture show.