Artist Joanie Lemercier creates controllable holograms with mist, projectors, and motion capture.
Holograms are a difficult thing to create. There are a ton of different techniques to approximate a 3D image, many involving glass or mirrors, but few create a true three-dimensional moving image.
Artist Joanie Lemercier has spent years working on projections and holograms, and his latest project is the culmination of that life’s work. Lemercier used fine water mist and projectors to create 3D projections that he calls nolograms. He insists they’re not true holograms, but they’re much closer than pretty much anything else.
As if a smokey nologram is not cool enough, Lemercier connects his projector to a depth sensors and to turn his projections into a motion-controlled interface. The end result are images he can grow or shrink with his hands and a holographic version of himself made of spooky vapor.
According to his website, Lemercier will be taking his nologram on a tour and possibly set up a permanent installation. Keep your eyes peeled for a chance to see his nolograms in real life.
This article was originally written for and published by Popular Mechanics USA.