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ESPN To Use Holograms On-Air in Spring

ESPN is working on virtual set technology that allows people in distant locations to appear as holograms on-screen. The tech special effects are set to go on-air in the spring.

To demonstrate the new technology, ESPN assembled anchor Chris Berman and EVP of technology Chuck Pagano in a conference room, seated eight feet apart, with a series of large HD displays behind them. Then longtime anchor Bob Ley magically appeared, seated on a chair between them, in hologram form on the TV screens. Ley was actually seated in a green-screen set down the hall.

In the demonstration, Ley's virtual appearance onscreen was remarkably realistic, without the significant image blurring seen in hologram technology used by CNN on Election Night last fall.



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