#1: Houston, we have a hologram

#1: Houston, we have a hologram

Robotic exploration of the oceans and space is happening with the help of holographic interfaces like the Looking Glass. Illustration by Nicc Balce.

The depths of the oceans, radioactive sites on earth, distant planets — there are some places people can’t go. But a stereoscopic or lightfield camera can. A piece of that other place could travel on a beam of light back to Earth and reconstitute inside a Looking Glass, to be studied by scientists and students around the world.

This isn’t a distant fantasy. It’s already happening. Just hours after the Mars Curiosity Rover sent back scans of soil and rock specimens, those rock specimens were sitting on Bob Burrough’s desk in his Looking Glass.

Entire celestial bodies are also being studied in Looking Glasses around the world. Here’s a high resolution capture of a perfect orbit around the moon by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, transformed into a lightfield capture suitable for display in a Looking Glass.

Also: by unbelievable coincidence, I just realized that this post is being made on July 16, 2019, exactly 50 years after Apollo 11 launched from Kennedy Space Center, taking humans to the Moon for the first time. 🚀+🔮=❤️

Next up, #2: National Holographic.

*this is part of our “100 Days of Holograms” series, where Missy Senteio and Shawn Frayne of Looking Glass Factory post one new wonderful or weird (or both!) use for the Looking Glass holographic display each day.

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