For her 40th birthday, Kim Kardashian’s eccentric husband Kanye West gave her an unusual gift: a deepfake hologram of her dead dad, Robert Kardashian — who, history buffs will recall, was OJ Simpson’s defense lawyer during his 1995 murder trial.
The hologram, which could dance and speak in the late Kardashian’s likeness, spoke to Kim saying that it’s “so proud of the woman [she has] become,” Business Insider reports. And, of course, in a touch that calls into question who the gift was really for, the hologram of Robert is programmed to add that Kim married “the most, most, most, most, most genius man in the whole world, Kanye West.”
The hologram of Robert Kardashian also dances and sings to Barry Mann’s “Who Put the Bomp” and makes the occasional fart joke, in addition to complimenting her success both in her career and as a mother.
Kim Kardashian apparently loved the gift, saying that she “watched it over and over, filled with emotion.”
For my birthday, Kanye got me the most thoughtful gift of a lifetime. A special surprise from heaven. A hologram of my dad. ✨🤍 It is so lifelike! We watched it over and over, filled with emotion. pic.twitter.com/jD6pHo17KC
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 29, 2020
Sleight Of Hand
The ghost dad hologram itself comes from the production company Kaleida, which uses a special silver-studded gauze called Holonet to reflect light and create the spectral deepfake illusions.
To complete the effect, Business Insider reports, part of the Holonet becomes transparent to create the image of a 3D object in space, while a mix of deepfake programming and motion tracking effects helped the hologram of Robert move around.
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