As a company that builds technology, we're proud to be a part of the emerging new era in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math. As a company that's building the future we're also proud of the fact that the Looking Glass is helping to usher in the next generation of communicators, designers, and an ever-growing list of different areas of the arts that put the A in STEAM.
We've seen the Looking Glass visualize skeletal structures, car models & engines, and even sine waves to help enhance mathematical education, and we're just as excited to see how the Looking Glass will help shape the minds of future creatives and thinkers.
Peter Woodbridge is a Programme Leader in Immersive Arts at Liverpool John Moores University. He recently brought a Looking Glass to his classroom as a part of a STEAM program for children that gave students a chance to create a holographic world of their own.
The students built IRL 3D models out of modeling clay which were 3D scanned using a SENSE handheld 3D scanner, and finally displayed in the Looking Glass using our Holoplay SDK for Unity.
Positioning the arts to be on the same level of importance as traditional STEM fields is not a revolutionary concept. The idea to combine the worlds of artists and thinkers goes all the way back to and even precedes Leonardo Da Vinci. Historically, the coupling of the sciences and the arts bring about new discoveries that reshape humanity as a whole.
Giving young students the opportunity to use cutting-edge technology to actualize their inner creativity is interesting, but it's also incredibly important because our future is always dependent on both the ingenuity of the next generation. Applying the Looking Glass in a creative & educational capacity to young pupils means that when they're ready to take the wheel, the future will be in the best and most prepared hands.
**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.