Tupac Hologram Performs With Snoop, Dre

Fans of classic hip-hop were stunned when rap legends Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre were joined onstage by a highly realistic three-dimensional Tupac Shakur, who died of multiple gunshot wounds sustained during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.


("What the [f] is up, Coachella?")

The virtual rendition of the late rapper then proceeds to do renditions of two classic ‘Pac tracks, "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted," while gesturing and walking back and forth across the stage in an extremely lifelike manner, replete with Thug Life tattoos and his characteristic necklace...

This wasn’t a hologram at all. Rather, it was a clever optical illusion technique known as "Pepper’s Ghost," which dates back to a technique first described by an Italian scientist in the 16th century.

"It is amazing, no question about it," David Brady, the head of the Duke Imaging and Spectroscopy Program at Duke University, told Ars on Monday. "The impressive thing here is how life-like and detailed and natural it seems, and that’s just an outcome of advances in computer rendering [rather] than display."

Fans of Star Trek : Deep Space Nine find this kind of performance unremarkable, recalling the 1999 episode "7x15 : Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang", in which a holoprogram called Vic Fontaine interacted with living human performers onstage.


(From "7x15 : Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang")

Via Ars Technica. Thanks as always to Moira for suggesting and researching this story (btw, videos have been removed from Youtube).

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