We've seen many instances of people inserting themselves into the Looking Glass to represent themselves holographically as live 3D animations, entertaining characters, and even dancers in a music video. We've also seen a myriad of different ways to use the Looking Glass to create unique works of art. Now we're wondering if it's possible to do both things at the same time: to place yourself inside of the Looking Glass and use your holographic avatar for creative expression.
As luck would have it, that question has already been answered for us.
What we're seeing here is a user strapped into a rig and wearing a VR headset. Using motion tracking technology the user's movements are captured and holographically reproduced in the Looking Glass using our Unity SDK. By lightly swinging the IRL mallet, a holographic version of the user in the rig is able to create music on a xylophone inside the Looking Glass.
While it goes without saying that the Looking Glass can function completely without the use of AR/VR headgear, this is a great example of the two technologies working together to create a unique 3D experience that groups of people can enjoy. While the headgear can only be worn by one person at a time, folks passing by can see both the viewpoint of the person wearing the headgear and the holographic character making the music.
A live music performance is a shared experience, and we're excited that even when restricted to a single VR headset, groups of people can still witness and share in holographic experiences through the Looking Glass.
**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.