At Looking Glass Factory, we've always been working towards shaping a future wherein cutting-edge technology meshes seamlessly with our intrinsic need for human connection. That was the driving force behind making a device that gathers folks around a single display to experience the same 3D content at the same time. We wanted to create something digital that brings people together IRL.
While we never get tired of staring at holograms all day, we also recognize that one of the first things one does when experiencing 3D content is to reach out and try to touch it. Think about the first time you saw a 3D movie as a kid.
Whenever we present at events we like to display apps that are integrated with the Leap Motion controller, so that people can both see & touch a hologram for the first time at the same time. It proves that holograms aren't just meant to be seen, but they can also be felt.
The Looking Glass has brought many people together around the common desire to tinker with the things around us. We love seeing the Looking Glass being used to do things we've never seen before, and recently our community of holo-hackers have defined & redefined exactly how you can reach out and touch a hologram.
Unity Engineer Nakaji Kohki had us completely shook when they were able to shake hands with a hologram.
待ってリリカちゃんと握手してる！！！！！！！！触覚提示デバイスでリリカちゃんと繋いだ手がぶんぶん振られてる！！！！！！バーチャルな存在を視覚と触覚で物理的(?)に感じられるのマジやばいんだけど！？！？！！！？ 味わったことない感情になった……………。— なかじ / リリカちゃん (@nkjzm) May 21, 2019
(作者: @kiruroboa さん) #るきべん pic.twitter.com/CKHHQziAs3
SpaceX Software Engineer Matt Hughes hacked his Looking Glass to add create artwork that is especially touching.
Modding a touchscreen into my @LKGGlass ... pic.twitter.com/eeuzkOzeS2— Matt Hughes (@hughesm02) March 22, 2019
Contact CI Chief of Product Tom Buchanan used his company's haptic data gloves to interact with his Looking Glass in a such a way that caused us to loose our marbles as he collected his.
@Contact_CI haptics with @LKGGlass pic.twitter.com/FxPT8pnr4P— Tom Buchanan (@tfbuchanan4) June 26, 2019
Even before we debuted the world's first desktop holographic display, we believed that the future would be built on technology that was able to live in both the digital world and the real world. Digital technology connects people from all over the world, but it's also important that we're able to connect with those who are in the same room as us.
TL/DR: Holograms + the Looking Glass = all the feels.
**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.