Meet Holographic Pop Sensation Hatsune Miku!

by Mark R

In case you ever wondered if diva pop stars are “for real”, this one certainly isn’t. At least, not in the sense that Britney Spears and Beyonce are real.

No, Hatsune Miku is a hologram. She (or should I say it) is created by Japan’s Crypton Future Media, and she is essentially a 3D avatar come to life for the stage. You can watch the video after the jump.

In all honesty, I didn’t think we had technology like this now. I don’t see anyone trying to touch Hatsune Miku, and having their hand pass through them.

You know what this reminds me of? Jem. Yes, that eighties toy that was also a cartoon. If I remember her backstory correctly, the reason why she was truly outrageous, was because she was a hologram.

Actually, Jem was sort of a holographic cover for Jerrica Benton, which was her alter go. Yes, she had a computer named Synergy that could make a hologram of anything. In fact, her backup band was named the Holograms.

Can you ever believe that a cartoon with such a crazy premise? However, the video below shows a bunch of people screaming at a hologram. So which is weirder? Life or art?


8 reviews or comments

shin taro Says: November 16, 2010 at 5:46 am

If you want to know the hologram like it, Please see this movie.
That youtube from 0:50-1:05 says it all.

Skip Says: November 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

Uh…that’s not a hologram. It’s a projection onto a screen. You really didn’t think we had this kind of technology?

shin taro Says: November 17, 2010 at 4:37 am

No. The news about hologram to the world is all wrong. It’s a projection onto a screen.

kelvino Says: November 19, 2010 at 12:12 am

Uh, I can’t believe that you guys are commenting about whether or not the ‘idol’ is a hologram. Obviously, its a projection onto a glass plate. By the way, the article slightly (very) misinformed.

This, ‘idol’ Hatsune Miku (or in the english naming scheme, Miku Hatsune) is actually a personification of a series of vocal synthesizer (called ‘Vocaloid’ by Crypton(c)) created for, but not limited to, those that are unlucky enough to be born with bad sense of voice manipulation, like per se, me :(

Her voice is that of the teenaged girl. Thus, her personified character is a 16-ish girl with long green hair. Check out other characters in the series: such as the preteen twin/doppelganger Len/Rin Kagamine or the rather blue-haired Kaito, etc etc. Or if you are into OS’s, the OStan series (note, most is fan-made).

Few years back, the Vocaloid series became a huge hit with many otakus and music enthusiast for the character and the voice synthesizing, respectively. Now, the otakus are also music enthusiast, and they have grown to love the characters. Having a (mildly) live performance of them is obviously going to be a huge hit.

The first few songs are made by Crypton Future Media (c) and the rest by independent artists. The genre and the style is very diverse, and the amount of media is staggering. Things range from the (obviously) Vocaloid software, t-shirts, figurines, music albums, graphic novels, animations, very well animated animations, plush toys, and not-safe-for-work objects and images.

The main part of its success is the vast amount of fans. Which is comparable to the lesser known (in the western society) indie game series ‘Touhou Project’. It has been said that this ‘invasion’ is maybe, perhaps, a sign that the original Japanese Miku will get a real english counterpart. This is pretty much the more complete version of the article.

If you are interested in this ‘sensation’ or ‘phenomenon’, search for Hatsune Miku on Wiki or its own Wikia.

To purchase the Vocaloid softwares, contact Crypton Future Media (c) by visiting their website at:

(I am not affiliated with Crypton Future Media (c) by Yamaha Company, all characters, symbols, and names are copyright held by the said company, thanks and bye)

cobalt Says: December 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm

powers of observation are limited with this group – does anyone notice the changing POV’s?! it is a hologram, using projection tech…WITHOUT screens.

Sullivan Says: December 20, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Actually, Cobalt, no, it is NOT a hologram, and the screen is very obvious in some of the shots.

What it is is basically the “Pepper’s Ghost” illusion (see WP).

A dead giveaway is in the shots with two figures (e.g. Luka and Miku) where you can see the beams from the projector separating to make the two figures on the screen… exactly as you would see from a movie projector. QED, the image and the choice of point of view is already baked into the beam when it leaves the projector, and doesn’t depend on where you are in the theater. Circle around to the side of the stage and the light from the projector will still be in those two separate beams, so you won’t be seeing one figure hidden by the other, as you would expect in actual holography.

What you think you are seeing asa “changing POVs” is just different angles on the screen, exactly as you would see by changing seats in a movie theater. But sitting to left of stage (your left) won’t let you see any more of the figure’s right side or less of her left.

Anonymous Says: July 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

The only thing that’s obvious is the reflection of the audience behind Miku.

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