Holograms are one of the coolest sci-fi findings and companies have spent years and years trying their best to bring the floating 3D displays of movies such as Star Wars and Avatar to life.
Looking Glass is a startup that has been working precisely on this.
After the firm revealed its HoloPlayer One SDK and development kit back in 2017, now they’re back with a product designed for 3D creators that is simply called “The Looking Glass”.
The Looking Glass uses s similar tech to the one used by the HoloPlayer One – it creates 45 distinct views of the three-dimensional model, and it uses a lenticular lens for displaying the views from various angles to create the holographic effect.
This allows you to see different parts of the object depending on where you’re looking at it.
The company hopes that The Looking Glass display will be used by artists and workers who already have to work in 3D – people such as game developers, product designers, architects and industrial engineers.
Users will also be able to connect devices such as the Leap Motion controller, Nintendo’s Joy-Con controllers, or other motion-controlling devices to interact with their holographic images in real time.
The device requires a host computer to run. Looking Glass recommends an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card at a minimum (plus an HDMI port for display data and a USB-C port for power).
Regarding the software part, the Looking Glass will support OBJ, FBX, STL, and gLTF formats, along with an export tool for directly sending objects from Maya.
Looking Glass is also working on tools that will allow for live viewing objects from Maya, Zbrush, Blender, Tinkercad, and Solidworks straight on The Looking Glass.
Pricing and availability
The device will be available in two sizes – one that will be priced at $600, and it will have 8.9 inches and another model of 15.9 inches that will be priced at $3,000.
Looking Glass promised that the first 100 devices would be available in September 2018 and the rest will come in December.