What is a Hologram? How to get one…

The following article written by Robert Workman is one of the best short descriptions of holography that we have come across. The difference between conventional holography and the Mirage® technology is that we use an optical means to create a 100% true to life 3D image. The term for what we do has been called by some sources “reflection holography”. The method of our technology is the use of 2 parabolic mirrors opposed to each other which capture the reflection of a concealed object in such a way that it is instantly projected upward through an opening in the top mirror.

To be scientifically correct the term used for the illusion we create is a “real image”. This differs from the image reflected in a typical bathroom mirror which has the scientific term “virtual image”. So, simply put, the reflection made by a bathroom mirror appears inside the mirror, whereas with a real image appears in front of the mirror, essentially in space itself. This is magic!

WHAT IS A HOLOGRAM?

“Researchers from Hewlett-Packard Laboratories have developed holographic display technology for mobile devices. The images are not only three-dimensional but show objects from different angles.

Holography is a photographic technique that records the light scattered from an object, and then presents it in a way that appears three-dimensional. Holograms pop up in movies such as “Star Wars” and “Iron Man,” but the technology has not quite caught up to movie magic — yet.

Various types of holograms have been made over the years, including transmission holograms, which allow light to be shined through them and the image to be viewed from the side; and rainbow holograms, which are used for security purposes — on credit cards and driver’s licenses, for example.”  By Robert Workman

For the full article, continue reading at http://www.livescience.com/34652-hologram.html

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