Friends, how many of us have them? If you've got a Looking Glass, you can really have as many as you want.
We've already discussed how the Looking Glass can connect people in real life, and there's something to be said about the ingenuity and dedication it takes to build a virtual holographic friend of your own.
Many different things have come to holographic life inside of the Looking Glass, and one of my personal favorite things to see are characters that you can physically interact with. In most areas there's a clear divide between the real and digital worlds it's interesting when that line blurs without becoming dystopian.
Here's an instance of someone building a holographic experience wherein your virtual friend will respond to your hand motions by turning their head to face your hands wherever they're positioned.
#LookingGlass にTda式ミクさんを映してみました。#leapmotion の手でちょっかい出せます。— afjk(エーエフ) (@afjk01) December 23, 2018
Looks like this user is trying to get a Virtual Holographic posse going, here's another friend of theirs:
#LookingGlass 用VRM Viewerを作ってみました。— afjk(エーエフ) (@afjk01) February 24, 2019
キーボードで見る位置、角度を操作。#LeapMotion の手に反応してくれます。 pic.twitter.com/LdHdF8zs6P
Now I know we've spoken about Rilica before, but I'm bringing her up again to show that there are many ways a hologram can be felt. Shaking hands with a hologram is more than a good way to demonstrate physical interaction with a virtual character, it's also the most universally understood way of establishing a new friendship.
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
If you have a holographic bestie you'd like to show off, we'd love to meet them. Send us an introduction at firstname.lastname@example.org
**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.