Watch HoloLens turn Star Trek's George Takei into an interactive hologram

Microsoft is showing off how its Actiongram app for Microsoft HoloLens will work by teaming up with Star Trek's George Takei, who was filmed to be part of the app's mixed reality videos.

In a video on the official HoloLens YouTube channel, Microsoft showed how Takei was filmed on a green screen saying a number of lines and performing a variety of activities like boxing and using some laughably large scissors. The footage was then incorporated into the Actiongram app for the HoloLens headset, where Takei was transformed into a Hologram.

Takei remarks how Star Trek imagined how holograms might work in the future and he felt it was facinating to see that kind of technology starting to show up today.

The Actiongram app is currently in closed beta testing. However, if you have a spare $3,000, you can go ahead and get the Microsoft HoloLens Developer Edition headset from the Microsoft Store.

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John Callaham
  • Actiongram left closed beta today and should be available now as an open beta:
  • That's not interesting in the least.
  • You must be a fun person....
  • Neither is your comment. When this kind of tech becomes affordable for the average family, ($200-$300) the possibilities will be Limitless. Imagine going on a vacation and having someone sitting at home put on a Holo lens and being able to 'step' into your environment and experience everything that you experience. Imagine a soldier that is stationed away from home, through AR, being able to witness his wife give birth to his child in while he's 'standing' in the room with her. Awesomeness!! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • ""imagine a soldier"""
    Lol. You voting Trump.
    Is everything US about which country you gonna bomb next?
  • Maybe he just has a compassion for people that are separated from their family.  
  • Or maybe he's trumped
  • you've won the comment section.
  • Lol. Of all the examples of uses, he came up with military.
  • "That's" not interesting?  What isn't?  Holograms? George Takei?  Holograms with George Takei?  Actiongram?  How about making your empty comment more interesting by elaborating.  The article itself was obviously interesting enough for you to click on it, read it(?), and subsequently make a worthless comment.
  • Yeah! Fun sucks!
  • Yay Seattle Film! I wish I could have been on this shoot. Bliss always does amazing work. 
  • Great potential
  • Hilarious ..!
  • "Oh My!"  lol
  • I was waiting for someone to say that jazmac.  ha ha Hey now.....I cancelled my sirius sub because it was just terrible since they moved the satillite.  
  • But what about the children- I mean phone ? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • And there was me hoping to read an item without a troll...
  • Just how interesting???
  • Cool!
  • I bet this is super nifty to Takei. I mean, think of the many things they dreamed of back in the day.  Think of all of the tech that has come to fruition and now surrounds us.  Holograms?  I mean... it must be cool to see that see the light of day in a real and practical manner.  
  • awww
  • Must be amazing to act out holographic shows and then live enough to reach hologram age and were slowly entering that with Hololens.
  • This reminds me of when Jean Claude Van Damme made a bunch of free green screen plates available for people to play with. But this is in 3 dimensions. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • How long till we get an EMH program