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Virtual reality at Manchester Airport

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  February 2, 2011 11:11 AM

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No offense to John and Julie, who seem to do their jobs admirably, but in future hologram installments at security checkpoints, shouldn't airports get a bit more personal with the cities they service? Imagine a Mayor Menino hologram attempting to relay to passengers the airline safety requirements at Logan Airport. Or, on that note, how about a lifelike Donald Duck at Orlando International?

Maybe not. Still, there's something hypnotically soothing - if not frighteningly futuristic - about holograms employed at an airport. John and Julie, made from films using actual staffers, were created from the same technology the animated band, Gorillaz, uses to come to life on stage. So, while the technology isn't quite a revelation, it?s an indication that 3-D holograms may not be far behind.

The employees used in the holograms support their use, as it lightens their workloads. But at what point do the holograms permanently take their place?

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