Forget zooming! Loyal bridesmaid delivers her wedding speech from London via HOLOGRAM after travel restrictions prevented her from attending wedding in Canada
- London-based bridesmaid was blasted to her best friend’s Ontario wedding
- Sarah Redington was unable to attend the event due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions
- The lifelike holography was made possible by the Toronto-based organization ARHT Media
Undeterred by travel restrictions due to Covid-19, a bridesmaid has appeared as a hologram at her friend’s wedding in Canada.
Like Princess Leia in Star Wars, bridesmaid Sarah Redington was blasted in full wedding regalia, with a glass of champagne, live from London.
Redington “virtually” attended her best friend Brittany Smith’s wedding to Jeffrey Gallant last month at Kurtz Orchards in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.
Her astonishingly lifelike projection was seen in video footage that delivered a brief message before disappearing in a flash of light, as if she had been teleported.
It remains unclear how much the hologram cost.
Pictured is bridesmaid Sarah Redington’s hologram as she virtually appears at her friend’s wedding
Groom Jeffrey Gallant surprised his bride (left) with the projection (right), which was made possible by Toronto-based firm ARHT Media
The couple had originally set their wedding date for May 29 this year, but due to ongoing restrictions due to the coronavirus, it was postponed to August 14.
However, the groom came up with a new way to surprise his bride.
“I don’t know how the idea of a hologram came to me, but many of us know that this technology exists,” the groom told the New York Times.
“My aunts told me they felt like they were on Star Trek.”
Video footage Gallant had his new bride surprise at their wedding reception with the hologram, which also delivered audio to the guests.
The real Sarah Redington, dressed in full wedding costume, appears in front of a green screen in London
‘Husband of the Year’: The groom, Jeffrey Gallant, staged the stunt as a surprise for his new wife, Brittany Smith (both pictured). He said his aunts “felt like they were on Star Trek”
Redington – who appeared in front of a green screen in London – delivered both a toast, which she had pre-recorded, and a live chat with her best friend.
The stunt was made possible by ARHT Media, a Toronto-based holographic company that usually works to beam presenters and celebrities at events.
The company says it can beam people to one or more locations at once “from anywhere, to anywhere in the world via the Internet.”
“You capture people in one part of the world, you radiate them all over the world where they can have two-way interactions in real time with very little latency,” Larry O’Reilly, CEO at ARHT Media, told CBC.
The hologram appears and disappears in a flash of light, as if Bridesmaid Redington has teleported herself
ARHT Media previously aired a projection by physicist Stephen Hawking to an audience in Hong Kong, discussing his career and answering questions about the possibility of life on other planets.
Holograms perform one of the most complex manipulations of light – they make it possible to store and reproduce all information carried by light in 3D.
A typical lens-based photo encodes the brightness of each light wave, meaning that a photo can faithfully reproduce the colors of a scene, but ultimately produces a flat image.
A hologram, on the other hand, encodes both the brightness and phase of each light wave to give a more faithful representation of a scene’s parallax and depth.
WHAT IS A HOLOGRAM?
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Until now, the video hologram has generally been limited to science fiction, the most famous example being the projected image of Princess Leia in the first Star Wars movie.
Holography is light presented in what appears to be a three-dimensional form.
This is achieved by taking light scattered by an object to create an inverted image of it.
A laser beam is split in half before aiming half of it at the object, and whatever is reflected is recorded on a recording medium, such as photo paper.
The other half, a reference beam, is aimed at the recording medium to help coordinate a clear image.
Interference between the two beams when they intersect is what creates the imprint of the three-dimensional image – which is then projected for us to see.
However, existing systems projecting moving holographic images are expensive and suffer from serious limitations.
The main problem lies with devices called spatial light modulators, which direct light to form points in three-dimensional space.
With current technology, important elements of screen size, viewing angle, frame rate and image depth are limited.
Current hologram technology is static, with moving images only being achieved by flashing the images together.
A solution could be found in the form of acoustic levitation, as developed by the researchers at the University of Sussex.