Musion: Meet the holograms – Musion shot into the public eye when the company "resurrected" rapper Tupac Shakur, creating a life-size hologram to duet with headliner Snoop Dogg at the 2012 Coachella music festival.
Musion: Meet the holograms – Shakur, who was killed in 1996, performed in front of 75,000 fans, talking to the crowd and interacting with Snoop Dogg. But this was not the first time that Musion has created holographic live performances -- or raised the dead.
Musion: Meet the holograms – Back in February 2006, the company brought cartoon band Gorillaz to life for a performance with Madonna during the 48th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Musion: Meet the holograms – King of swing Frank Sinatra returned two years later, in 2008, to duet with Alicia Keys at the 50th Grammy awards.
Musion: Meet the holograms – Musion went one further in May 2013, creating a ghostly reproduction of 70s disco favorites ABBA, which allowed fans to sing karaoke with their idols. The installation is now on permanent display at ABBA: The Museum, in Stockholm.
Musion: Meet the holograms – Outside the world of music, Musion has provided live holograms for wedding ceremonies, political broadcasts, sportswear manufacturers and fashion brands. Here John Chambers, CEO of communications giant Cisco, puts Musion technology to good use.
Musion: Meet the holograms – In 2008, Musion allowed Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton to come face-to-face with ... himself, at the launch of sports brand Reebok's new clothing line in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Musion: Meet the holograms – The same year, Prince Charles appeared at Abu Dhabi's World Future Energy Summit to tout the environmental benefits of digital communication, as a replacement for flying around the world. He claimed to have saved 15 tons of carbon waste by "beaming in" instead of flying, and departed with the words: "I am now going to vanish into thin air, leaving not a carbon footprint behind."
Musion: Meet the holograms – 2012 saw burlesque artist Dita Von Teese become the subject of a holographic performance, as the centerpiece for the London Design Museum's showcase of shoe designer Christian Louboutin.
Musion: Meet the holograms – Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am has long been among the vocal fans of Musion and hologram technology, both on and off the stage. In 2010, he appeared in digital form with British pop singer Cheryl Cole, and later appeared live accompanied by holographic bandmates at France's NRJ Awards.
Musion: Meet the holograms – But his first holographic outing came in 2008, as he appeared during CNN's coverage of the U.S. presidential elections.
Musion: Meet the holograms – Eyeliner is the creation of Uwe Maass, who developed a new version of the "Pepper's Ghost" technique made famous in Victorian theater and "haunted house" amusements. Maass's technique uses a nearly invisible reflective foil, rigged at a 45 degree angle to the stage, to bounce projected images off.
Musion: Meet the holograms – When the lights are dimmed, the result is a 2D image which takes on an eerie 3D appearance.
Musion: Meet the holograms – Musion have big plans for future holo-stars, with a new Digital Resurrection service specifically aiming to ensure that death is no longer the end for deceased icons. Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Bob Marley -- who will be the next star to perform live, after death?