Aside from the sheer wow factor that comes from being able to share holograms with groups of people at the same time, the Looking Glass is also good for taking singular digital experiences and making them into the kind that can be shared with friends. Albert Hwang, one of our Designer/Developers, recently did an experiment as a part of an internal hackathon to see if it was possible to use the Looking Glass to make AR experiences more group-friendly.
One of the challenges of sharing AR is that the magical experience is exclusive to the main user. Observers are left out as the user scrolls around in their phone.
Albert sought to change this by visualizing AR objects in the Looking Glass so that they can be seen by anybody else who happens to be in the room.
Using Google's ARCore and Unity 3D, Albert was able to trace his environment, and drop in an AR representation of his Looking Glass.
He then placed a few AR cylinders around his space, and has he dragged the AR Looking Glass onto the cylinder, it would also appear live as a hologram in his IRL Looking Glass. This AR cylinder would update and would respond in real time to live modifications as Albert changed its size and position.
More than that, Albert was also able to modify the size and position of the AR Looking Glass, which allowed him to place larger AR objects inside of the IRL Looking Glass.
Using the Looking Glass to visualize AR experiences is great because it means that more people are able to view the content, since it exists in the real world as a hologram. If you're curious about turning your AR/VR experience into a holographic one, send us a message 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.