Hologram From LCD Projector




Introduction: Hologram From LCD Projector

About: "I work on starships, not alien machines!" ---Isaac Clarke

Hologram from LCD Projector
This equipment allows you to project a (very low resolution) hologram from an ordinary projector. I had seen a video on how to do this kind of thing somewhere, so I modified it some and it actually worked! It does still need improvement, though - the image can still be seen behind the hologram, and the image doesn't change when moving side to side. Currently it is clear enough to identify what you're seeing in the hologram, but not enough to see details (can anyone figure out what it is that's playing in the video?).

At the end of the video is the setup of the devices you need:

An ordinary projector
A large amount of plastic drinking straws
Device to connect to the projector

Fill the humidifier with water and turn it on. Place/suspend a bundle of straws above the vent - if they're too close they might get a bit singed. Once the steam cloud begins rising from the straws, point the projector at it and shine an image onto the cloud.

It might be possible to improve the image quality by lengthening the straws, or by adding a low-power fan beneath them (if the fan is too strong then the cloud will be blown around too much; I've tried). Making the image 3-dimensional would probably require a 3D projector or two projectors with slightly different images.

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    4 Discussions


    4 years ago

    I'm with Zork I think it's Han solo

    Nice instructable. The spooky effect is really cool. Which I might even use for halloween! But there's one thing I want to point out. Your hologram uses vapor, where the light reflects off of it. Instead, other methods use beams of light that interesect to make the effect. So technically this is not a real hologram (meaning there's actually a backboard like a projector) but has the same effect.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Really cool stuff! I see a human figure! You may be able to achieve more detail by controlling the lighting of the room a little more -- make sure the room is dark and then add a lamp that you can move around your projection to make the illusion more convincing.