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Now anyone can swim with the sharks. A film with a deep-sea exploration theme amazed audiences at the Haichang Backdrop Cinema in Yantai, China. The theater shows films on a 360-degree holographic movie canopy that puts viewers at the center of the action. The fish you could (almost) reach out and touch were the result of 3-D simulation technology combined with an LED lattice and a digital holographic sound system.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.