Karen Fratti
March 15, 2017 4:16 pm

Some people have way, way too much time on their hands. Like this guy who created the most intense DIY ghost effect you’ve probably ever seen, using just a projector and some fog. Well, it’s a little more than a simple “ghost” effect. It’s closer to something out of Minority Report, which artist Joanie Lemercier says inspired him, along with the hologram of Princess Leia in Star Wars. By tinkering around with projections, water, and sensors, he actually nailed it. It’s actually more complicated than it looks, so don’t worry about your annoying little brother trying to trick you anytime soon.

Lemercier calls them “no-lograms” since they’re different from the two-dimensional illusions we call holograms, which he says are often just “cheap tricks,” like that crazy Michael Jackson “appearance” at the Billboard Music Awards or the time that Tupac showed up Coachella.

Lemercier’s illusions are way more intense and realistic, since they’re three dimensional. First, the artist made a screen that creates a mist with droplets of water. Then, he uses depth sensors and a video feed to track a user’s movements, so that someone standing in one of the no-lograms could actually move objects around without touching them.

The effect is out of control.

Lemercier writes on his site that this is just the beginning:

His work is a mix of art and science and illusions.

The lighting effects are super cool, but the full body “no-logram” is where it’s at. We have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of Lemercier and his work very soon.