In case you were living under a pet rock at the time, Tamagotchis debuted in the late 1990's as a pocket-sized virtual pet simulation game that turned kids into nurturing pseudo-parents and its inventor Aki Maita into a Nobel Prize winner.
Digital pets have been known to evoke real emotions of affection and regard from their owners via features like response to the owner's touch & voice, and the simple yet profound ability to interact with a pet on a regular basis. The trend of digital pets spans out before and after the age of the tamagotchi, and we're seeing a similar trend emerging in the age of the hologram.
Experimental digital artist Eliza SJ took one of her incredibly cute 3D creations and turned it into hologram, and it's easy to see how they got lost in the experience of interacting with the character. Using Ultraleap hand tracking, Eliza was able to lend a holographic hand to help their furry friend with their hair.
We've already seen that there are plenty of ways to physically interact with holograms, and wedding this concept with characters that we care about only makes it easier for us to see holographic characters as pets, especially when you can actually pet them.
**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.