UPDATE: You can now see directly your SctechUp designs, use AR to control holograms in real time, mosaic mode, and even watch or upload holographic videos from/to Vimeo, so you can show not only holographic videos, but trailers from all your other holographic stuff too, like videogames, Apps or 3D designs or plans.
- The Looking Glass is the first desktop holographic display designed for 3D creators. No VR or AR headgear required.
- The Kickstarter campaign already achieved more than 10 times the needed money.
2018 will start a 3D revolution, a step further for future real holograms inside every screen. And this device is a preview of that future. For the first time anybody can buy a true holographic display (no, the holograms from movies are not the definition of a Hologram, for that “no-screen” holograms there’s still more than 10 years).
This true holographic display allows moving images at 60fps and generates 45 views of the scene! The display uses a combination of lightfield and volumetric technologies. And going beyond passive displays the holograms are interactive, added to traditional controllers they can interact with hands-free Kinect and Leap Motion sensors, too. If you like this you you have to wait for our article about the third 3D revolution in coming months, meanwhile, we will soon publish the article about the second revolution.
Groups of people can see and interact with a virtual three-dimensional world on their desk, unaided by VR or AR headsets. There are a number of tools to bring the 3D work to life in the Looking Glass:
- 3D model and animations in OBJ, FBX, STL and gLTF format can be imported into the Looking Glass with a couple clicks using the Model and Animation Importer App.
- Dozens of holographic apps are available for free download using the App Library, included with every Looking Glass shipment. These include volumetric video clips, holographic film shorts, lightfield and 3D scan viewer apps, new types of holographic games, virtual pets, CT-scan/DICOM importers, a WYSIWYG 3D model previewer for 3D printing, and much more. By the end of the year, creators will also be able to share their own apps via the Library with Looking Glass owners around the world.
- An exporter directly from Maya will also available for free download, with live viewports from Maya, Zbrush, Blender, Tinkercad and Solidworks in development, to be made available for free to all Looking Glass backers.
- An exclusive plugin for Unity called Holoplay Unity SDK.
The display can make use that 3D designs used every day on their work by: Architects, Industrial & Product designers and modellers, Unity developers, 3D artists, and can be used to preview models for 3D printers before printing. Also can be used for people into Photogammetry, light field, volumetric video, depth maps, VR designers (without wearing and unwearing the headset a lot of times), videogame designers and testers, and surely for developing Apps and games for Ultra-D and Leia screens, etc.
With The Looking Glass you can get an advanced look at how your 3D designs will look and feel. “Do it right the first time” – experience your creations with 3D accuracy before creating prototypes.
The display can’t be described as a flat screen (in cm 20,9 x 9,3 width x 15,4 or 8,2″ x 3,7″ width x 6,1“) like Ultra-D and Red Hydrogen One, but thanks to that can generate an impressive amount of 45 points of view. There’s a larger (and pricier) version: 36,8 x 17,5 x 24,4 cm or 14,5″ x 6,9″ x 9,6″.
Lightfield photography using your own smartphone is here! Now, living inside a Looking Glass! Check out this capture of Holiver in our Brooklyn lab. #ImpossibleThings 👀 Bring your own lightfield captures into the Looking Glass https://t.co/539XGUR48r #Lightfield pic.twitter.com/MgZZvmYNbq
— Looking Glass (@LKGGlass) August 15, 2018