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New 3-D photo shows expecting Japanese parents' unborn child - smiling

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
May 10th, 2013
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A moving 3-D hologram of their baby appearing to smile while still inside the womb is being offered to expecting Japanese parents. It's being seen as the ultimate baby snapshot - and a delightful keepsake.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Pioneer company has developed a revolutionary hologram printing technique than can turn 3-D ultrasound scans into the wallet sized pictures. Each print takes two hours to produce. The photos are then delivered is a presentation box with the baby's name on.

"When an expecting mother has a check-up, a 3-D/-4D echogram is made, and that contains 3-D data," a spokesman for Pioneer says.

"So, we suggest taking pre-birth photos of the baby, by skillfully processing that data."
 
The process is being called revolutionary as it creates the holograms from computer files containing 3-D information in lieu of the "real" object be photographed.

The briefcase-sized printer can create color card-sized holograms in 120 minutes with one color holograms taking 90 minutes.

"Previously, holograms were produced by making a model of the subject, shining two lights on the model, and photographing it," the spokesman said.

"That method involved a lot of work, because it required a darkroom, knowledge of techniques, and specialized equipment.

"But with the device we've developed, even if you don't have the actual object, as long as you have a CG design, then that can be used to record a hologram easily.'

The service is currently only offered in Japan. Pioneer has not revealed which hospitals it will be used in, or how much it will cost.

"This newly developed hologram printer does not require the complex photographical environment previously required for the creation of holograms, which included models to be photographed, vibration dampers and a darkened room, nor does it require any of the high level specialist technology or knowledge in terms of devices, optical system settings or exposure required by the old process," the firm said.

"Instead it allows anyone to easily create holograms that are completely original and unique from 3-dimensional shape data such as computer graphics (CG)."

Pioneer says the printer could be used in a wide range of areas, including photographs, commemorative goods, and business cards -- even 3-D maps. 

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