Machine learning is nothing new. Humans have been seeking to program computer systems to infer patterns from data sets for quite some time, and thanks to new computer technologies, not only is machine learning possible, it now has a hand in just about every aspect of our lives.
One of our favorite applications of machine learning can be found in NONI NONI created by Jongmin Kim), an online & interactive website that translates abstract line drawings into recognizable pictures. Mr. Kim drew inspiration from his daughter, who loves her drawings "no-ni no-ni".
Using Google's Translate API and machine learning, NONI NONI converts drawings into 3D visuals made up of round colorful balls-his daughter's favorite toys. Meant to be an inclusive experience for kids, NONI NONI supports 11 different languages, and can even be used as a tool for teaching letters to kids.
We LOVED this concept so much that we had to up the 3D ante and make holograms out of our NONI NONI drawings.
In the short time since the first Looking Glass launched, we've seen many times over that there isn't a singular way to build a hologram. In fact, one of the reasons we've made the Looking Glass compatible with so many software tools is because we wanted to make hologram creation accessible to as many artists as possible.
And yes, that even includes machines.
**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.