Saturday, 31 October 2009

Holograms at Halloween

I don't suppose that there's any reason why holograms have to be created on a flat sheet.
It's traditional to do it that way, and it probably makes the optics easier, but there doesn't seem to be an especial reason why all of the sheet has to be at the same angle. If you created a hologram on a curved sheet that surrounded an object, then as long as the sheet kept the same shape, it should presumably look as if the object is inside the volume (rather than appearing to be in front of or behind a flat "window"). There's also no obvious reason why you can't produce cheap printed lenticular holograms on curved sheets either, other than that it'd make the initial processing more difficult.

So, Halloween. Once we're set up for manufacturing curved holograms, the obvious application (at this time of year) is the creation of the world's most scary Halloween masks.

Put a hologram of a human skull onto a curved transparent sheet, use the sheet as a visor, fitted inside the cowl of a black cloak, and make the inside smoked or semi-mirrored, and you have a "Death" Halloween costume, where, if anyone gets too close and peers under the cowl though the sheet to try to see who's face is behind the visor, they get a rather nasty shock!

Okay, on reflection, maybe not such a great idea after all. :(
You don't want people dropping dead of heart attacks when they realise that "the death guy" appears to be wandering about with what seems to be a real, genuine, gaping skull on the top of his neck. I mean, realism is all very well, but to be striding around town leaving a trail of traffic accidents and screaming people and dead bodies in your wake would probably be taking authenticity a bit too far. Oh well.

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