Magical Man-Sized Box of Lovely Transparent Projections

If you’ve never heard of holocube before, you’re in for a treat. This is a brand of products in their own category. Presentation machines I suppose you could call them, but projectors + projection booth + ultra-simplified computer to hold the projected video is what they are, and not just any projection booth – transparent glass for two-sided viewing. The model this post focuses on is the brand new HC70, a six foot tall box with a 70″ diagonal screen for full-sized human projections.

Each holocube is attached to a 40GB solid state harddrive that can store approximately 18 hours of uncompressed video at a bit rate of 4 Mb/s or 8 hours of compressed video at 9 Mb/s. This harddrive is set with a number of automatic functions such as automatic reboot upon power interruption and it’s supposedly completely immune to viruses (though, I’m not sure why that would matter since it’s not connected to a network.) It’s got a single switch to operate as all operations are pre-programmed, all content changed and uploaded via USB interface.

The brightness of the projector inside this huge box is 600 cd/m2 bright and has a resolution of 1080 x 1920. The computer running the projector runs on a Intel Dual Core 2.8 Ghz processor with Windows 7 Embedded, but again, that doesn’t matter as you won’t be accessing the computer at all. The bulk of the box is made of aluminum in either white or black matte powder coating, and the projection screen is made of a giant sheet of glass.

Take a peek at the videos below to see this and one other model holocube in action!

Designer: Joris Vanbriel for holocube

30 Comments

  • tweakie says:

    Most interesting. This is something I have not seen before and it certainly deserves some research on my part.

  • tweakie says:

    Most interesting. This is something I have not seen before and it certainly deserves some research on my part.

  • Osewisewo says:

    It is a technique that has been around for 15 years allready, that was also used in video-conferencing.
    So… the one thing new in this design, is the size of the screens… Keep up people : )

  • Osewisewo says:

    It is a technique that has been around for 15 years allready, that was also used in video-conferencing.
    So… the one thing new in this design, is the size of the screens… Keep up people : )

  • Thijs says:

    It's called a Pepper's Ghost projection.
    Here you can see another company that has the same products: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7iCSCq1MYY

  • Thijs says:

    It's called a Pepper's Ghost projection.
    Here you can see another company that has the same products: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7iCSCq1MYY

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