A Brief Survey of Holograms in Pop Culture

Those of you who missed last night’s Coachella performance may have noticed the buzz around the Internet today regarding Tupac Shakur’s cameo with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Don’t get too excited, he hasn’t been alive and in hiding this whole time — not that we know of, at least. The Tupac that everyone saw last night was actually a very elaborate holographic image projected on stage.

Holograms have always fascinated us as a culture for some reason, probably because they’re so gosh darned cool in theory — but their execution is sometimes hit or miss (as is the case with the Tupac projection — you’re either super weirded out by it or you love it). To celebrate this new creepiness and/or awesomeness, we’re looking back at some of our favorite holograms in pop culture and real life. Let us know what you think in the comments!

The Jetsons

Of course, we can’t talk about holograms without bringing up The Jetsons, which brought the sci-fi staple to the mainstream television masses. Considering that the technology to create real holograms wasn’t available until 1960 when the modern laser was invented, we bet that people were pretty excited about the potential of this new technology.