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Posted on Jan 27, 01:31PM | IANS
Now you can get life-like 3-D hologram images of yourself to wow your family and friends. Welcome to the futuristic and exciting world of wizardry at India's - and Asia's - first 3-D hologram studio for recording live subjects in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram.
The studio has been set up by Light Logics, India, under the guidance of world-renowned holography scientist P.T. Ajith Kumar and supported by NRIs from the US, Britain and the Middle East.
"Holography is a technology to record and reconstruct light with its full information content, meaning light from a scene or a subject, which contains intensity and depth information. Unfortunately, in conventional photography, we can record only the intensity information of the light," Ajith Kumar explained to IANS during a recent visit to Mumbai.
Holograms and 3-D holographic images are recorded with laser light and with specialised equipment.
"This can record the whole information of the light field coming from a scene and recreate it elsewhere, virtually transporting space or a subject to a different location," Ajith Kumar said.
The possibilities of the studio are immense and awesome, with unprecedented display- related applications.
For instance, it can be used for recording life-like and visually stunning holograms of our national leaders, sports personalities, film stars and other celebrities.
Ajith Kumar said that there are some computer-generated holograms now available, but these are not suitable for living subjects as they distort the images and lead to pixelation.
"Many of such computer-generated projects and spectacle-less stereograms are erroneously termed as holograms for marketing gimmicks and catching customer interest," he added.
But, then, the 3-D holograms don't exactly come cheap - for instance, a single portrait of 6x40x30 cm can cost around Rs.20,000.
The same image, if produced on a mass scale and in smaller format could slash the cost to an affordable Rs.350 per copy, Ajith Kumar said.
"Recording images is just one of the applications. Holography has other crucial scientific and engineering possibilities. It can be used for testing the flatness of airport runways, precise non-destructive testing of aircraft tyres and oil pumping pipes, and extremely high-density data storage, making it both highly artistic and highly-technology oriented," Ajith Kumar said.
It is learnt that the Indian government is planning to record 3-D holographic images of top leaders like President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and others for posterity, but through foreign companies.