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You can create smartphone holograms right now

Nope, this isn't a trompe l'oeil (opens in new tab), it seems holographic projections seem to be the next logical step for mobile phones. Who wouldn't want some 3D FaceTime or a Star Wars style Snapchat message?

The idea's always been frustratingly out of reach. But with simple household objects, this video shows how your phone can become a holographic projector today.

All you need is a CD case, a sharp knife, graph paper and sticky tape. Where was this on Blue Peter when we were growing up?

Simply place your projector on your smartphone, load up a hologram-specific video, lower the lights and watch the images leap off the screen. Smartphone holograms have never been easier!

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Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.