In 1989 a film debuted that sparked imaginations all over the world with a fantastical vision of a (then) distant future. One particular scene in the first act of Robert Zemeckis's Back to the Future II affected one young viewer so deeply that it set him on a lifelong mission to bring the sci-fi dream of holographic media to life.
Almost exactly thirty years to the date after Marty McFly's close encounter of a holographic kind, we released the Looking Glass 8K Immersive Display, the largest and highest resolution holographic display in the world. With orders beginning to ship in a matter of weeks, the future that Shawn Frayne saw as a child is closer to realization than it's ever been.
We've been truly blown away by the stunning and inventive work produced by our community of developers, creators, and artists. A big part of the reason we started this series in the first place was to shine a light on the unique things we see coming out of the community everyday. Even after 100 posts, we still haven't covered all of what's currently possible through the Looking Glass, let alone what will become possible in the future.
As recently as this past weekend we saw the Looking Glass featured in a BBC article pointing to a future where holograms could give you the daily weather forecast. We also saw a peak of a holographic Tetris game and the future of 3D X-ray visualizations.
This post and the 99 that came before it have all been to show the world of possibilities unleashed by holographic display. And unbelievably, despite this being 100 posts in the making, we've only just scratched the surface. Yogi Berra once said "the future ain't what it used to be", and when it comes to the Looking Glass, what used to be just a kid's dream is now very much real.
Here's to the community of creators that continue to push the Looking Glass to new heights -- and to the next 1,000 days of the hologram!*
*no, we're not posting 1,000 more days of the hologram, but follow the growing number of uses on our website and on Twitter!"
**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.