back to article NZ firm tucks into $27m on the back of VR 'hologram' promise

8i, a New Zealand based company, last week landed a large B funding round that reads like a who’s who in the Virtual reality world. Its aim is to bring holograms to the masses. This doesn’t actually mean what it says, but it’s still pretty cool. To most of us, a hologram is something that stands in front of us, created in the …

  1. scrubber
    Coat

    Dance with Beyonce

    "Dance"? Is that what we're calling it these days?

    1. John G Imrie Silver badge

      Re: Dance with Beyonce

      The Doctor Dances?

    2. ecofeco Silver badge

      Re: Dance with Beyonce

      You've never done the Horizontal Mombo?

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Dance with Beyonce

      Probably preferable to her sister smacking you around I imagine. Though there are those that like that I suppose.

  2. frank ly

    Holo-, Hologram

    The word has become so debased that it's not believable anymore.

    1. Mage Silver badge

      Re: Holo-, Hologram

      Along with LCD TVs called LED TVs, or even Stereo-viewing known to Victorians called 3D or Holo.

      Or Hi-Fi systems that are not.

      "Digital" earphones.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Holo-, Hologram

        ""Digital" earphones."

        Fingerphones?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "You’ll dance with Beyonce in your living room"

    Eeek! I'd be frightened of the damage those hips could do to the china.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "You’ll dance with Beyonce in your living room"

      Hence the saying "like a Beyonce hologram in a china shop"....

    2. breakfast

      Re: "You’ll dance with Beyonce in your living room"

      I don't think you're ready for this jelly.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Headmaster

    Dance with Beyoncé?

    Do I have to?

    Can't I just give you money and get a product.... Consumerism is getting competitive!

  5. Little Mouse

    It's not a real hologram unless it exhibits lots of interference and distorts now and then as if someone had given the side of an old CRT a proper whack.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You’ll dance with Beyonce in your living room

    I can't dance

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: You’ll dance with Beyonce in your living room - I can't dance

      "It's all right, your fingers will make a full recovery."

      "Will I be able to play the violin?

      "Of course"

      "That's good, I couldn't before the accident"

      VR will accomplish miracles.

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    3. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      Re: I can't dance

      You are Phil Collins, and I claim my € 5,87 (at current exchange rate)!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I can't dance

        I'd say that you dated yourself with that remark, but with VR: you could be dating Beyonce.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Holographic Killer App

    If my Nintendo Hologramii 2 does not start up and immediately display Princess Leia delivering a special holographic message to Obi Wan Ken-obi, someone is going to die. I am not joking.

  8. ecofeco Silver badge

    How many VR companies do we need?

    So just another VR company.

    Must be nice to know the right people to get funding for something unoriginal.

    1. Youngone

      Re: How many VR companies do we need?

      Yes, just another crappy VR company, but one which has just been given a huge wodge of someone else's money, to be spent (at least in part) in the country I live in, so I'm all in favour.

      Actually, this might be a clever way to get our balance of trade numbers up.

      1: Form company pushing the latest idiotic buzzword loaded tech

      2: Sucker mouthbreathing VC's into sending suitcases full of money.

      3: Profit!

      Hey! Look guys, I just invented Twitter!

      1. ecofeco Silver badge

        Re: How many VR companies do we need?

        You have a good point.

      2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

        Re: How many VR companies do we need?

        1: Form company pushing the latest idiotic buzzword loaded tech

        2: Sucker mouthbreathing VC's into sending suitcases full of money.

        3: Profit!

        Hey! Look guys, I just invented Twitter!

        If this is anything like Twitter, you got the bit about profit wrong.

      3. Phil.T.Tipp

        Re: How many VR companies do we need?

        Agreed - but Balance of Trade numbers looking pretty good right now:

        http://www.tradingeconomics.com/new-zealand/balance-of-trade

        When the arse falls out of the VR trouser market (it's really a nothingburger, and it will fail) NZ will still be in a good place - although the milk monopoly and lack of manufacturing base is always a worry... She'll be right ay.

  9. mr. deadlift
    Trollface

    I used to be...

    ...a VR gamer like you.

    Then i took a laser to the knee, then my eye, then my other eye.

  10. Alan Bourke

    Yet another bandying of the term 'hologram'

    when it's nothing of the sort. Just like those 'Ronnie James Dio lives again!' things you see at gigs which also talks shite about holograms when it's just an updated version of a 150 year old stage magic illusion called Pepper's Ghost.

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