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Questions tagged [hologram]

A three-dimensional photographic image of an object recorded and reproduced with light from a laser, and various other techniques.

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what is the nature of the personal AI familiars in Ian McDonald's Luna series?

When I first started reading the Luna series, I thought they were Augmented Reality avatars of a person's AI assistant (think of them, in practical terms, like a really smart Siri). Apparently, each ...
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How does Joi “see”?

In the Blade Runner, Joi is a hologram controlled by AI - this means that Joi's body is actually located inside the electronic chips in whatever device generates the light - like the projector located ...
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How accurate is the portrayal of Leonardo Da Vinci in Star Trek: Voyager?

A rich portrayal of Leonardo Da Vinci is displayed in Star Trek: Voyager, in the episode “Concerning Flight” (Season 4, Episode 11). How close to life is this? The character seems full of specific ...
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Story about a group recreational activity along the lines of “holographic roleplaying on a stage”

I believe I first read this story in a hardback SF anthology which I checked out from a public library (in Indiana) in the early 1980s. English language. I can't remember a thing about the title or ...
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What is the purpose of the holograms in Prometheus?

What is the purpose of the holograms in Prometheus that show what the Engineers did 2000 years ago? (Apart from the fact that they were used as a story telling tool) Was there any reason in or out of ...
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How could anyone make use of a holographic music chip? [duplicate]

In the opening of The Siege of AR-558 episode: Dr. Bashir (...) retrieves a recording Vic has made for him to give to the Starfleet soldiers on AR-558. How could that be possible? How could Bashir ...
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Why was the image of Supreme Leader Snoke not “scaled to fit our primitive screens”?

Holograms are common in the Star Wars universe. The first, or at least the most memorable, being R2's projection of Princess Leia. Note that this is a scaled version of Leia. Possibly because that ...
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Why did R2-D2 have the ability to record & project holograms?

R2-D2 was a mech. droid. Why did R2-D2 have the ability to record & project holograms? It does not seem to be for R2 to communicate. R2 was able to communicate with other entities in different ...
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Who came up first with the concept of holographic android in sci-fi?

A holographic android is, as I understand it, a robot in humanoid shape, capable of disguising itself as a real human/humanoid being via built-in holographic projectors. I assume the concept of ...
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How did the EMH remain “solid” when beamed aboard the hologram ship?

In "Flesh and Blood," the holograms beam the EMH over to their ship. Just prior to doing so, Tom Paris attempts to download the EMH's program into the mobile emitter. I assume this would keep the EMH "...
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Why are most holograms blue in Star Wars?

Throughout the Star Wars saga, no matter the era, no matter who's broadcasting, blue holograms are exceedingly common. Additionally, Snoke's hologram occasionally flashes blue. However, multi- and ...
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How do miniature holograms work?

"Miniature" holograms are seen a few times in Star Trek, including the hologram of Tasha Yar, which Data had, and the mini-EMH hologram ("Virtuoso"). This technology presumably had some sort of built-...
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The EMH had a son and it was a “long story”. What happened?

In the Star Trek: Voyager  episode "Blink of an Eye", Voyager is stuck in orbit of a planet with a tachyon core which causes time on the planet to elapse at a much faster rate than normal. ...
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Did Star Trek invent the holodeck?

I first saw the holodeck in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Had any other science fiction work used computer-programmable virtual recreation before Star Trek? If so, where was it first used in sci-fi?
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What is the first reference to a hologram in science fiction?

The title says it all: what was the first reference in science fiction to a (3-D) hologram of anything? Similar question here, but I'm asking when and what was the first use of a hologram generally, ...
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How does the EMH hold onto a phaser while having bullets go through him?

In the Voyager episode: "Future's End, Part II" the doctor rescues B'elanna and Chakotay. PORTER: They've got lasers! A black man and some bald guy. (The EMH enters. Porter and Butch's bullets ...
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Why is Data so “unique”, anyway?

Can you explain me why is Data supposed to be so "unique", with this concept being repeated several times in TNG episodes? Even in TNG, Data seems to me quite an outdated piece of technology for his ...
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How did Rimmer's three-dimensional 'Soft Light Light Bee' pass through solid material?

Prior to being upgraded with a Hard Light Bee, Arnold Rimmer's hologram was able to pass through solid objects such as walls, people, and desks. The Soft Light Light Bee inside of his hologram was ...
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Can The Doctor (EMH) change his appearance by 'will'?

I recall an episode where the Doctor downloaded the appearance of his crewmembers and imitated them, but that required him to create an entirely new program. At the beginning of Endgame Pt 1 we see ...
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What and where is the technology used to project Rimmer in Red Dwarf?

We know that Rimmer is described as a "hard light" hologram, but is there an apparatus that physically projects his image, or is there something inside of him that causes the a hard light field so-to-...
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Which work of Scifi/fantasy was the first to depict a person as a hologram?

Star Wars has them. So do the Star Trek and Red Dwarf series. Which work of Scifi/fantasy, written or filmed, was the first to depict a person as a hologram?