Friday, May 14, 2010

ABS-CBN Reveals GMA's Chroma-Key Technology Used in Fake Hologram

In a report that suggests that GMA duped the public into believing that holographic technology was used in their coverage of last Monday's elections, ABS-CBN's TV Patrol World disclosed that GMA merely employed rather primitive Chroma-key effect to create fake reporter holograms.

In stark contrast, ABS-CBN used Virtual Presence -- one of the many possible executions of Augmented Reality technology.

What's Virtual Presence?

Virtual reality (VR) is a term that applies to computer-simulated environments that can simulate places in the real world as well as in imaginary worlds. Most currentvirtual reality environments are primarily visual experiences, displayed either on a computer screen or through special stereoscopic displays, but some simulations include additional sensory information, such as sound through speakers or headphones. Some advanced, haptic systems now include tactile information, generally known as force feedback, in medical and gaming applications. Users can interact with a virtual environment or a virtual artifact (VA) either through the use of standard input devices such as a keyboard and mouse, or through multimodal devices such as a wired glove [via Wikipedia]

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