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How to create a real holograph using your smartphone

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How to create a real holograph using your smartphone
The holographic feature on the 'iPhone 5'

The holographic feature on the 'iPhone 5'

Remember that recent news report on a New York City television station that showed a holographic display shooting out from a device mistakenly called the Apple iPhone 5? Obviously just a concept device, the clip was played by mistake. But recently someone in Japan created a real holographic image using an Apple iPhone 4S and a prism crystal.

You can create your own holograph using any smartphone and a -3.75 index prism crystal. The phone is placed on cardboard stands with the screen hovering right above the point of the prism. Once the phone is turned on, you will see a 3D image inside the prism. And unlike some other YouTube videos showing holographic displays, this one is not a concept or a projection but is a real honest-to-goodness holograph.

You can put this together yourself by purchasing the prism crystal from any reputable science store...oh, and May the Force be with you.

source: YouTube via SlashGear

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posted on 13 Oct 2012, 12:16 7

1. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


This is pretty cool. This is the type of stuff that they though would be main stream by now in the 1950's.

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 12:17 1

2. AmitMajumder (Posts: 79; Member since: 21 May 2012)


great!!! going to try it...

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 12:25 6

3. 90ninjas (Posts: 89; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


Uhh... How do you create a 3D image from a 2D screen?

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 12:43 7

4. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2099; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


So, essentially, what you're saying is you didn't bother to read the article or watch the video.

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 13:20 11

6. 90ninjas (Posts: 89; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


Sure, I did. Did you watch the video? If you noticed when he turned the entire display, you can also see the side of the person (animatron, whatever you like to call her). The "side." I don't know about you, but I don't remember a time when did 2D displays are magically able to pan to the side of someone?

Yes, you can shine an image onto a prism and it will create a projected image within the prism. However, it is not truly 3D; it is still 2D (aka. You will see the same image no matter which way you turn it).

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 13:43 1

7. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


This is what's on my mind. how can he possible view the back of the dancing girl while at the same time someone could watch the front side? how? if it's really a plain 2d video.

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 15:29

10. warrenellis93 (Posts: 37; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


theres another video on youtube if you type in 3d prism trick. it shows that the tip of the prism is placed in the middle of 4 images on the screen. One image on the screen projects on to one side of the prism

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 12:59 2

5. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


gotta agree with you, like what image to show? I think, this won't apply to every video you put on play.

@g2a5b0e, i've watched it and the video didn't even let us see what's playing on the phone. I'm not skeptic that this won't work. I'm just curious what vids are needed to play on this trickery.

Is like, putting a transformer movie on play be okay with this? like how?

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 18:14 4

18. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its a special 4 sided video that he's playing for the effect. The crystal is doing nothing but reflecting the image on it's location. 4 concurrently running videos. 1 for each of the 4 sides of the prism.

Cheap trick that has a neat effect.

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 23:07

22. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I remember seeing this done in a Sony store once for their phones, Nice trick, but loses it's magic once you look up lol

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 17:15

17. D3VR04 (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


My thoughts exactly!

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 19:33

21. Motatrola (Posts: 33; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


This is a question only a true ninja would ask...

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 14:16 1

8. TheDarkKnight (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Omg!!!!!!! All I can say is beaaaaauuuuuutttttiffffulllll!!!!!!!!

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 15:06 1

9. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


What? Okay i can't believe this..just don't get how it is supposed to work

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 15:30

11. warrenellis93 (Posts: 37; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


theres another video on youtube if you type in 3d prism trick. it shows that the tip of the prism is placed in the middle of 4 images on the screen. One image on the screen projects on to one side of the prism

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 18:32

19. some1 (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


i think it is a videos made by 3d program by 4 sides of object
so it is 4 videos combined into 1 video
it splits the screen into 4 parts each part playing for each side of prism
so each side of the prism works like a mirror reflecting the part of video playing on its side

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 19:00

20. Androidluv (Posts: 65; Member since: 13 Jul 2010)


Black magic!!!!!

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