UPDATE | Nov. 4th – Wolf Blitzer conducted CNN’s first virtual interviews on Tuesday evening — first, with a hologram in the form of correspondent Jessica Yellin.
Next up was will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, who was holographically interviewed by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. This had to have been weird for both people involved doesn’t it?
It was, indeed, just like Star Wars. Have you seen them? What did you think? Is this hi-tech future of television news?
Twitter users, as ever, were the first to respond:
“Help me Obama Kenobi, you’re my only hope!” #CNN
They should have fun with this. They could make her 10 feet tall. Or 5 inches tall. She could sit on Wolf Blitzer’s shoulder and dance.
So CNN can make someone appear in the studio looking like really shitty blue screen, BUT it’s 3D. I welcome our holographic journo future.
CNN just shot in an actual hologram of one of their reporters from Chicago. Technology is amazing! Star Wars here we come.
[Forget] Obama, I should’ve voted for THE HOLOGRAM!
Wow, the CNN projected 3D graphics on their live camera shot is really cool.
CNN’s holograms make me want to throw out my television and give up on technology all together. Is THIS what its all come to
PREVIOUSLY | Nov. 1st
Years ago, you served us in the Election Wars; now I beg you to help us in the struggle against the American Empire. I regret that I am unable to present the Obama’s request to you in person; but our democracy has fallen under attack and I’m afraid our mission to bring Obama to power could fail. I’ve placed information vital to the survival of your campaign into the memory systems of this Barack unit. Your network will know how to retrieve it. You must see this message safely delivered to the American public. This is our most desperate hour. Help me, CNN; you’re our only hope.
This message (or something like it) was delivered via a Leia-like, 3D, holographic projected interview with an Obama campaign strategist during CNN’s US Election coverage on November 4th.
Think of it like this: Wolf Blitzer will be CNN‘s Obi-Wan Kenobi and the campaign strategist will be R2D2‘s holographic projection of Princess Leia.
Wow. And I mean wow. This goes way beyond any of CNN’s latest techie tricks I’ve seen. Way beyond.
Next Tuesday, at CNN’s Election Center in New York, an Obama campaign strategist will be in the studio to comment on the incoming voting results. Only he’ll be… (wait for it) in 3-D! As a hologram!
Instead of the normal flat-screen version of talking heads, the Obama spokesperson’s image will be projected from Chicago and into the New York studio — in a 360 view. CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer will essentially be talking to the strategist just like when Princess Leia sent Obi-Wan Kenobi a hologram message that he was her only hope. Only there will be talk about Ohio, rather than Alderaan.
USA Today has the story and they say CNN also plans to conduct similar holographic interviews with McCain representatives in Phoenix.
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