BEIJING, Nov. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- "Star Trek" fans
familiar with the "Holodeck" onboard the space ship Enterprise would have felt
right at home Wednesday at a fashion show in New York City where the models were
holograms and the runway was "virtual."
The two-day show at Grand Central Terminal's
Vanderbilt Hall put on by Target stores displayed men's, women's, bridal
and maternity collections.
"This is the first time a fashion show will be
completely produced with hologram technology, without models, without a runway
and easily accessible to all fashion fans," said Trish Adams, the company's
senior vice president.
Powered by Musion Systems Limited, the presentation
gives 2-D images the illusion of depth. The installations are recorded, played
back and projected to create the illusion.
Holography is a type of photography that allows
images to be stored in 3-D. (They are often confused with volumetric displays
that represent objects visually in three dimensions.)
Classic holograms are viewed by shining a laser light through them in one
direction and looking at the reconstructed image from the opposite
Holograms can now also be illuminated by white light.
Rainbow holograms can be printed on plastic films, as commonly found on credit
cards as a security feature and on product packaging.
The Holodeck on Star Trek -- where crew could have
holographic experiences -- was supposed to be light-years ahead of modern day
holography, and was said to actually produce "holomatter" that users could