Holographic Christmas Tree Is Spectacular But Deadly, See It In Action

A man named Sean Hodgins created a holographic Christmas tree that spins dangerously.

By Britta DeVore | Published

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The centerpiece of Christmases everywhere has always been a fully decorated and brightly lit tree, and over the years, folks have reimagined the festive holiday plant in many ways. A dazzling evergreen full of lights, who would think that the festive staple could be the home of unknown dangers able to cause real harm? Throwing caution to the wind, imaginative creator Sean Hodgins crafted a gloriously bright LED holographic Christmas Tree, which you can see in the Twitter post below, that spins at race car speeds, making it a true thrill and terror to be around.

It’s all for the effect when it comes to Sean Hodgins’ holographic Christmas tree which puts a fun and nostalgic, albeit dangerous, (literal) spin on the holiday classic. As the invention picks up speed, the lights twirl in a way that makes the tree appear to be nothing more than a holograph. While it’s an incredibly cool design, and unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, Hodgins really went out on a limb (and risked all his) in putting it together.

Good ol’ fashioned trial and error mixed with tremendous amounts of patience are what led Sean Hodgins to pull off his holographic Christmas tree. The finished product is dangerous enough, but with a building process that included failed bearings, a poorly built support frame, and a motor that couldn’t quite keep up with the tests, Sean Hodgins finally landed on a half-horsepower electric AC motor to keep the Christmas spirit spinning and spinning … and spinning. Finally, a triangular metal frame was put into place, which gave his decoration not only the proper speed but also nailed the look the Firs are known for. 

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In his Twitter post, Sean Hodgins shares a clip of his finished project, writing that he dreamt up and built a “giant, ridiculously dangerous, spinning holographic Christmas tree so you don’t have to.” Below, the wild invention’s proud papa stands dangerously close to the LED lights as they begin to spin. Complete with a Santa hat, Hodgins stays by his creation for just a moment before walking around to the other side where a sheet of bulletproof glass stands in between the man and the LED beast. 

While you may be decking the halls like Clark Griswold, this holographic Christmas tree could be the way of the future, if it just wasn’t so gosh darn dangerous! The images that appear to cover the tree are created by a static hall effect sensor via a magnet fixed to the very top. After loading stills into an image folder, Hodgins lets it rip with fun and nostalgic pixelated images dancing, illuminating, and covering the five-foot creation.

Sure, it’s incredibly unsafe, but would it really be Christmastime without an overwhelming sense of danger and doom? Although Sean Hodgins’ holographic Christmas tree may not be appearing on the shelves of Walmart or any other major retail stores over the next year, it certainly is entertaining to watch. Gather your loved ones around your very safe Christmas tree and spread the holiday cheer by watching the clip at the top.