Ronald Reagan Has Been Resurrected at Presidential Library As a Hologram
On a normal day at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, if someone tells you that they saw the former president standing, talking, and moving around, you should run in the opposite direction because it's definitely a ghost. As of early October, though, visitors to the library in Simi Valley, California can now see and hear Reagan speak in a series of holograms that kickoff a tour of the facilities.
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"To reach back in time and to create, scientifically, a hologram of someone that's passed like President Reagan, you have to do a phenomenal number of things technologically to bring him to life and we've achieved it," executive director of the library, John Heubusch, told Fox News. Creating the holograms involved more than just converting video footage into a digital projection. Each movement of his face, from his eyes and lips to his cheeks and hair, are controlled individually by software. A cast of Reagan's head was photographed by 300 cameras to create the most accurate CGI scan possible, and an actor was brought in to be the body on which the head was digitally placed. The development process took 18 months and enlisted the help of the special effects technicians at Hologram USA who previously brought Michael Jackson and other performers back to the stage posthumously. "He always thought many steps ahead," the company's senior vice president David Nussbaum said of Reagan. "If he was looking down right now on this project, I think he would give us his seal of approval. I think he would totally get this and support it."
Reagan was a Hollywood actor before he became the 40th President of the United States, but as far as we know there are no plans in place (yet?) to restart his acting career using the hologram technology. Hologram Ron will probably make it back to the nation's capital at some point, so if you can't make it to California to be creeped out, just wait a little while longer for it to head to the east coast.