Right now, in restaurants all over the world, there's at least one person reaching for their phone instead of their fork to take a picture of their food. Nothing wrong with that, I like snapping my cake and eating it too.
People like sharing appetizing images of their food, even if they don't plan on sharing the dish itself. What's the next best thing to forking over your falafel? A halal hologram, that's what.
Food fanatics all over social media are faced with the same challenge of coming up with creative ways to capture their chow. The goal is to create something that not only makes for a good Insta post, but also accurately communicates the qualities of the dish that made it worth ordering in the first place.
That's a lot to ask of your iPhone's camera, but not a tall order for your Looking Glass. 3D holograms don't have to make an image jump off of a menu page, because in a Looking Glass they're never flat to begin with. All it takes is one glance at a Looking Glass for someone to see the melody of meat and vegetables floating in the deep bowl of ramen you had for lunch.
There's no way to pull off the same effect from a 2D photo, unless you want to stick your phone into your soup, which we don't recommend trying. It's not food-safe.
**this is part of our “100 Days of Holograms” series, where a few of us in the team at Looking Glass Factory post one new wonderful or weird (or both!) use for the Looking Glass holographic display being conjured around the world each day.