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In what could possibly be the coolest move pornography has seen since first you laid eyes on a pair of tits through an Oculus Rift, CEO of both Holofilm productions as well as the very successful Red Light Center, Brian Shuster, has brought together industry giants XBIZ, AVN (and of course, his company RLC) to launch a crowdfunding campaign through IndieGoGo, with the lofty goal of bringing Holographic Pornography out from the realms of fantasy, making it a more-than-virtual-reality (see what we did there?), and unlocking the secret dreams of every single Star Trek fan in existence. If the funding is successful, we are promised to see not just one, but three upgraded versions of VR Porn (yes you read that right, we’ll explain more below) known as Syntholograms, Holographic Video and – what is almost definitely the most intriguing – Interactive Holographic Sex. Coming soon to a head mounted display near you!

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The man behind the vision

How is Hologram Porn different from VR Porn?

Ok, before I go any further lets get something out of the way so we can prevent any inevitable confusion further down the line, and clear up any we may have already created. If you are like the rest of the people who grew up on StarWars, Red Dwarf, or pretty much any other show, series or comic-book from the 20th to the 21st century, that has featured holograms as three-dimensional objects or characters that are created from laser light or some similar medium and projected into the real world, perhaps even capable of being interacted with by physical objects (even merriam-webster defines a hologram as “a three-dimensional image reproduced from a pattern of interference produced by a split coherent beam of radiation”), temper your excitement levels accordingly. The “hologram porn” that Mr. Shuster is talking about is really, at this point at least, very much just a re-branding of the same things we have been seeing being produced by companies like VirtualRealPorn, VRGirlz (and more recently BadoinkVR and Naughty America) over the course of the last dozen months or so. It isn’t really hologram porn at all, at least not by definition, given that it resides within the confines of your HMD. So if this is really just the same idea as the VR Porn we have already come to know and love, why all the fuss?

Is there anything that sets what Holofilm hopes to do, apart from the rest?

Thankfully, the answer to that question is yes. While Brian’s biz might not immediately offer much more in the sense of pure entertainment potential over what [the other guys] are trying to do, its real strength lies in its capacity to foster a more rapid advancement within the tech based on their call to action within the industry (should they succeed), as well as standardize VR Porn in such a way that the pirating of adult VR content would be made virtually impossible; or at the very least, very difficult to achieve. Producers could distribute Virtual Reality content through a networked player that would be able to authenticate the videos and weed out stolen content, making porn piracy a thing of the past, which could spell a revitalization for the industry. Lending some much needed strength not only to the studios, but to the performers themselves as they could see years of residual income for each performance, rather than seeing everything they do get copied and stolen as is inevitable to happen with the two-dimensional pornography (do people still watch that stuff?) of yesteryear.

If we act together as an industry, virtual reality can be bigger than the internet ever was, and the benefit to porn and the porn biz, will be massive and permanent -Anikka Albrite

That isn’t all to say that consumers won’t see anything to enhance their pleasure through the experience in the short-term either though. While there seems to be some discrepancy between the naming convention that Brian mentions in the above video and what his website says (Holographic video and Synthologram seems to be reversed) the basic premise is that while similar to the standard 180° (and occasionally 360°) Virtual Reality porn experiences we have all come to know and love, Syntholograms (or Holographic video according to the website) are three-dimensional VR porn videos, where the viewer sits in the center of a 360° dome, while the performance is happening all around and Holographic Video (or Syntholograms according to the site) will allow the viewer to get up and move around the action, examining the performance from all angles – and given the description of the camera array used to capture the scene, sounds suspiciously similar (or exactly the same, depending on how you see it) to what VRGirlz has been doing, but with motion intact. Which, I might add, VRGirlz has been speaking of doing for some time. So it is hard to say who will be the first to the punch (although if the Holofilm campaign is a success, the money will certainly be there).

Finally, the company talks about Interactive Holographic sex, which would utilize future-generation haptic technology to allow people to take part in their favorite fantasies in such a way that they could touch and feel things as if they were actually there. Now I’ll admit that while that certainly sounds ambitious (and it is), it isn’t out of reach given recent advancements in that field (remember the haptic holograms that Wired.co.uk reported on at the end of last year?), and it is just this kind of push that things need to start the ball rolling in the right direction. Whether or not we’ll see it in the next decade is hard to say, but with the entire adult industry making the push you can’t go wrong and we might even see it quite a bit sooner.

Now we can’t know exactly just how all of this will pan out given that the campaign hasn’t started yet, but it seems to have generated quite a buzz and buzz is good. It is possible that this could be not only the push that VR porn needs to succeed, but could help solidify Virtual Reality itself as a solid story-telling medium. It wouldn’t be the first time that the adult industry has helped to drive technology to new heights. So regardless of whether or not you are a Brian Shuster fan, or an Xbiz fan, or even a fan of VR Porn (in which case I would ask that you kindly consider trying it), be sure to support them when their IndieGogo campaign launches tomorrow (as per the time of this edit [16/10/03], the fundraising failed miserably; however, HoloGirls is now a thing, and has grown to become one of the bigger VR Porn services available today), and
#GivePornAHand!!!

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