‘Hologram Erdoğan’ again? Turkey’s AKP to announce presidential nominee with special effects show

Turkish PM Erdoğan had made headlines when he appeared in hologram form to address AKP members in the western province of İzmir in January

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) is set to announce its presidential candidate in Ankara on July 1 with a presentation featuring special 3D technology. Current Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the most likely contender for the ruling party. 

The party has invited former and current deputies, ministers, deputy ministers, mayors, members of its central decision-making bodies, party delegates, heads of provincial branches and founding members, as well as some 250 journalists and columnists for the meeting.

It will take place at the Ankara Trade Chambers’ (ATO) Congresium, which has a capacity of approximately 4,000 seats. Intense security measures will be taken inside and around the Congresium and only those who have special cards given by the party will be able to enter to the hall. 

According to party officials who spoke to daily Hürriyet, Dataton’s special Watchout system will be used in “a visually rich presentation that will create the perception of three dimensions.”  With the system, “paths, images and video can move freely through 3D space” at the user’s command, the official Watchout website says. 

The Watchout-enhanced Fiesta de la Vendimia in Argentina. Image courtesy AV TECNICA
Turkish PM Erdoğan had made headlines earlier this year when he appeared in hologram form to address AKP members in the western province of İzmir in January. Former Transportation Minister Binali Yıldırım was reportedly the mastermind behind that particular use of cutting-edge new technology.

The July 1 meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. local time and will feature a cine-vision screen presentation praising the AKP’s 12 years in government. 


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