The show was more than sold out, with an estimated 19,000 people packed into the NYC arena to see India's newly elected and very popular Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Along with the Prime Minister’s rousing speech, the audience was treated to dancers, a speed painter who rendered Modi’s image live on stage – and an astoundingly realistic holographic reproduction of Swami Vivekananda’s speech.
According to Miller there are several tricks that make the magic of holographic imaging appear real and life-like, in particular color saturation and the resolution of the image in ratio to other elements.
“Any time you’re displaying a hologram you want people to be spoofed into thinking it’s a real person standing there.” Miller said. “High def resolution is part of this, but without great color saturation and brightness it won’t look real enough.”
In this, and all other key respects, like durability and its 360-degree projection capabilities, Miller said the ViewSonic Pro10100 projector delivered brilliantly.
“Durability is one of the must-have qualities to make sure a show goes off without a hitch,” Miller said. “The ViewSonic projected nicely for the hundreds of hours of testing, and for all the hours of operation required to perfect a show – and then performed flawlessly at the event in the heat of the day.”
Original plans called for a standard set-up with U-shaped seating oriented toward a stage, however so many tickets were sold that the layout was converted to an arena bowl format with 360-degree seating – placing further demands on the entire installation, including the projector. Once again, said Miller, the ViewSonic Pro10100 projector was able to step up to the added demands.
Another lesser but nonetheless important factor the Pro10100 brought to the installation was its compact form factor.
“Because it’s smaller than other manufacturer’s similar products, it’s easier to ship,” Miller said. ”And it fit more easily into the installation cabinets. If you look at the other products available, they’re quite large when compared to this one.”
Apparently there’s more to the story, but Miller had to stop there, apologizing for being unable to share more details of how the projection system was used due to it’s proprietary design. He was able to add, however, that they’ll most certainly be looking to the ViewSonic Pro10100 to play a role in their future endeavors
“We absolutely plan to use this projector for other hologram projects and other installation projects,” he said. “It’s ideal for churches, and other large venue applications.”