We would like to sincerely thank everyone who filled out our Kickstarter Video Survey. (If you have not done so, please do. It's only 10 questions and takes about 3 minutes to complete).
We discovered that, while there is significant excitement about our product and designs, there is some confusion as to how the product works. Specifically, how to light the holograms and why we show CG versions of them. We are working on a video that exclusively addresses this issues for an update post next week, but would like to give an initial explanation to address your concerns in a timely manner.
Lighting your hologram:
We offer two sources for lighting your hologram: a flashlight and a desk lamp. In order to light your hologram with a flashlight, you need to hold the flashlight above your eyeline (slightly over your head) and shine it on the hologram at a 60 degree angle. In practice, this usually involves holding the flashlight above the right or left side of your head and tilting the hologram in your hand until you can see the hologram.
The small desk lamp comes fully assembled. So you plug your power cord into the base, flip the light switch, rest your hologram on the base, step back and view the hologram. The large desk lamp comes in two pieces, the lighting arm and the base. You place the lighting arm on the base, plug the power cord into the lighting arm, flip the light switch, rest your hologram on the base, step back and view the hologram.
It's that simple :).
Hologram depictions on video:
Several people expressed that they did not understand why we showed so many CG versions of the holograms. A hologram is a three dimensional object. But your computer monitor is only two dimensional. Your monitor does not display that all-important third dimension, depth. So, when we film holograms, they do not show up as 3D images, they show up as pictures or mini-videos. That is why we rely so heavily on CG. It is the only way to give you the 3D perspective. As you can see from the video of the Rhind Mummy hologram below: