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CNN introduces holographic reporting during Obama victory

by Stevie Smith - Nov 5 2008, 21:32

CNN uses election fever to spotlight new hologram technology. Image: Hard Seat Sleeper/Flickr.

Not ones to miss taking full advantage of a sprawling news platform and the opportunities for exposure they generally present, CNN yesterday used its U.S. presidential “election center” to officially unveil TV’s very first holographic reporter.

While votes were being counted across the nation, CNN political lynchpin Wolf Blitzer at CNN’s election headquarters in New York enjoyed a live one-on-one conversation with the physical representation of correspondent Jessica Yellin, although Yellin was speaking from Grant Park in Chicago.

Introduced by Blitzer as a television first, the full-body holographic projection of Yellin beamed in like an away team crew member of the USS Enterprise and stood bathed in a shimmering blue glow that gave the whole event a distinctly “Help us Obi Wan, you’re our only hope” Star Wars flavour.

After the two chatted about the massive crowd gathering in Grant Park to cheer Senator Obama to what they hoped would be an historic victory, Yellin explained that she was surrounded by 35 high-definition cameras capturing and synching her image via computers before beaming it back through the New York studio’s cameras so she appeared as a real-time hologram.

Playing on the obvious Star Wars similarities, Yellin joked that the landmark CNN appearance saw her following “in the tradition of Princess Leia,” reports The Baltimore Sun.

A clearly impressed Blitzer brought the interview to a close by thanking Yellin for being “a terrific hologram.”

Reports of Blitzer then rushing from the studio to join the rebel alliance have not been substantiated.

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