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BEVERLY HILLS, Sept 15, 2015:A US entertainment firm is developing a 3D moving image of the late singer Whitney Houston, reported BBC News. It is working with the Houston estate and hopes to tour the product in 2016. Hologram USA has patented what it calls a “high-tech version” of a 16th century illusion called Pepper’s Ghost. It can cost “millions of dollars” to develop an image of a deceased star. The company told the BBC that members of the public often enquire about being turned into a 3D moving image, too. “I’m not sure if any have pursued it… for most people the cost is forbidding,” said head of marketing Owen Phillips. The traditional Pepper’s Ghost illusion involves foil and glass, to which Hologram USA has added a patented blend of computer generated images (CGI), moving parts and audio material, reports BBC.In its stable of so-called “holograms” are classic acts such as Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra and Liberace. The firm does also work with living subjects occasionally. It was behind a projection of Julian Assange beamed into a US conference from his confinement in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and a performance by rapper Chief Keef beamed into a festival in Chicago, where the artist is banned in person. However if the person is deceased the team needs access to a lot of past material. The Houston family is supporting the digital reincarnation of the late singer. Read full story at:http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34249920 

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