As people come together from all around the world for the holidays, inevitably someone is going to start flipping through an old album of family photos. Though I am personally known to use this time to make fun of my parents' hairstyles from back in the day, I can also admit that visiting parts of their lives that predate parenthood has become one of our favorite holiday pastimes. I expect next year to be the same, except that we'll be reliving photos of the past as holographic captures in the Looking Glass.
In May 2019 Lisbeth Kaufman Founder/CEO of KitSplit and James George Co-Founder/CEO of Scatter turned their wedding guests into artists as they made a Collaborative Hologram of them at their ceremony. With the goal of reliving folks of the need to take mobile pictures of every single moment, the newlyweds instead gathered their guests around them to take a single photo of the same moment from different angles.
Using a photogrammetry program called Metashape the couple was able to stitch the photos together into a singular 3D scene that will permanently live as a moment of its own.
Coming in 2020 there will be a much easier way to create holographic versions of memories captured with your phone.
If you currently own a Pixel 4, or an iPhone 7 Plus/8 Plus/X/11, you have a device with a built-in depth camera that makes Portrait Mode photos. In 2020 you'll be able to create holographic images from these portrait mode photos that you can view on your Looking Glass.
Holographic versions of family photos are a great thing to have because the people in them feel much more real than a 2D image. This means that in the very near future we'll be able to do more than glimpse at past memories, we can truly relive them.
UPDATE: Moments 3D is live on the App Store. Download it today to make holograms out of your Portrait mode photos.
**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.