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Darth Vader speaks to a subordinate via handheld holoprojector.

A holoprojector was a device that could record, send, receive, and/or display holograms. Holoprojectors came in various sizes. Low-quality holoprojectors did a poor job of rendering colors accurately, as they fed everything through a strong blue filter.[1] Transmission across light-years often distorted hologram consistency. Holoprojectors could also be within a droid, or even attached to the gauntlet of the user as well as a comlink. It was common to see hidden holoprojectors for conversations without apparent blue light projected, and sometimes rendering a colored image.[2]

Approximately thirty years after the Battle of Endor, holoprojectors had become sophisticated enough to display the subject in full color, with no filters or scan lines visible. The First Order's Supreme Leader Snoke used this technology to broadcast himself larger than his actual size.[3]

During or after 34 ABY,[4] the Safari droid SF-R3 "Aree" and the cam droid CAM were members of the Galactic Society of Creature Enthusiasts, and they traveled the galaxy in a starship that was equipped with a holoprojector in the ship's cockpit. The holoprojector displayed the Society's logo when it was activated, and it was able to render color.[5] Aree also had a handheld holoprojector that projected holograms that were mostly rendered blue. While being recorded by CAM[6] to broadcast footage across the Holonet,[7] Aree often used his holoprojector to show a hologram of what creature he was going to interact with.[6] Aree stored the holoprojector in his cargo compartment when it was not being used.[8]

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Behind the scenes[]

Damaged holoprojector prop used in Obi-Wan Kenobi

Holoprojectors first appeared in the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the first installment of the Star Wars original trilogy.[9]

During production of the Obi-Wan Kenobi television series, the prop making team made a damaged holoprojector prop that was used in the series. The wiring was made to be visibly sticking out.[10]

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  1. Heir to the Jedi
  2. Family Reunion – and Farewell
  3. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  4. The Galaxy of Creatures book depicts all episodes of Star Wars Galaxy of Creatures taking place a relatively short time apart. Galaxy of Creatures small logo.png Star Wars Galaxy of Creatures – "Porgs" features porgs on Batuu, a species that Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge establishes were not present on the planet Batuu until the Resistance brought them there between the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Therefore, porgs must have been introduced to Batuu between those stories, which corresponds to 34 ABY per this reasoning, meaning that the events of Star Wars Galaxy of Creatures take place during or after 34 ABY.
  5. Galaxy of Creatures small logo.png Star Wars Galaxy of Creatures – "Tauntaun"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Galaxy of Creatures small logo.png Star Wars Galaxy of Creatures – "Tooka"
  7. Galactic Society of Creature Enthusiasts Activity Book
  8. Galaxy of Creatures small logo.png Star Wars Galaxy of Creatures – "Voorpak"
  9. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  10. SWYTlogo.png Obi-Wan Kenobi Props, LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation, and More! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
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