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I’m Alex Smith, a talented young web-developer for Caltech/NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. I spend my days doing many creative web and mobile web projects and my evenings writing experimental code in HTML5 and JavaScript as a hobby. One of my passions is the blending of analog and digital, code and art. This project is a beautiful representation of the future possibilities of blending analog and digital technologies to create new mediums of visual communication and art. In addition to its outward aesthetic, behind the scenes it proves HTML5 and JavaScript are quickly becoming more powerful scripting languages for cross-platform applications.

THE BACKGROUND
ho·log·raph·y
n.
A method of creating a three-dimensional image of an object on film by encoding not just the intensity but also the phase information of light striking the film.

The holographic text, as well as the stop motion segments, above were generated by iPad (1st gen) and captured by webcam.

Roughly a year ago, I began experimenting with some new HTML5 enabled programming languages (Processing.js) while on my morning train commute. The experiment turned into a mobile application called 8bitapp which displayed basic blocks representing 8bit space invaders and text as 3D holographs visualized by webcam (http://vimeo.com/16992836).

After seeing the success of the 8bit block holographs at the scale of 10 units wide by 8 units high, I decided to scale the concept up and ingest image data. Eight months of experimental coding later, that concept morphed into my newly released iPad application - 8bitapp: Hellagraph Edition (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/8bitapp-hellagraph-edition/id467900125?mt=8). This newest development allows users to dissect an image of their own, draw their own images with an 8bit paint option or choose from over 450 vintage 8bit video game characters to render 3D holographs for photographic capture.

THE VISION
The next step is to massively increase the available processing power to dramatically rise the speed at which the holographs can render. This allows us to breach the optical barrier and view the holographs with the human eye.

With your help, I plan to apply the same model I currently use to create a prototype large enough, bright enough, and fast enough to display extra large holographs, tens of feet tall, visible to the naked eye.  

The basic concept of using computer technology to generate holographs for 3D visualization has been around for decades, but implementation was lost with lack of proper technology. With the current advances in computer engineering, this once hindered goal is within reach.

THE ENTHUSIASM
As an artist, this is an exciting new medium that enables new tools to create with. As a web developer, it shows that a few of the languages I am so passionate about are giving a rebirth to the creative uses of web development for large data visualization.

Every time I take a moment to step back from my work on this project, I am completely inspired at how it’s evolved. A feeling reminiscent of powering up that Apple 2 for the first time or that fateful day in 1994 when a friend showed me how to use funky tags to make text blink.

It is already so impressive to see what this application can do with a tiny iPad processor. I believe with everything in me that this project will change the future of art and advertising media for the future generations.

THE HITCH
The hardware required is costly. I have poured countless days and nights into this project on the software end, coding completely in HTML5 and JavaScript to allow unlimited compatibility, and have completed a finished application that is ready to port to a new larger high processing device. This is where you come in.

Help kickstart the future of visual holography.

Check out some of my small-scale examples:
Flickr - http://flickr.com/groups/8bit
Vimeo – http://vimeo.com/user5266894/videos
Website – http://8bitapp.com

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    The satisfaction that you have helped shape the future of visual holography.

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    Free copy of 8bitapp Hellagraph Edition for your iPad.

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    A 640x480 digital holograph of an image/logo of your choice.

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    A digital holograph of an image/logo of your choice shot with a DSLR camera (smooth exposure, high resolution)

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    A custom 8x10 print of a holograph of your image/logo shot with a DSLR camera (smooth exposure, high resolution)

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    A custom 3 foot tall holograph shot with a DSLR out in the open nighttime scenery in beautiful downtown LA. Includes both an 8x10 digital print and a digital copy.

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