In case you hadn't yet heard, 2020 will be the first year that volumetric and light field recording technologies will deeply integrate with holographic displays like the Looking Glass. This means that an entirely new lane of content will open up for Looking Glass users very soon.
We've already discussed user experiments wherein content from the real world was displayed in a Looking Glass. Additionally, there are studios all around the world right now that are making volumetric captures from custom-built stages.
Artist and avid fan of the future Reggie Watts recently collaborated with Intel Studios to create a volumetric experience around his song Runnin', which we then turned into the world's first holographic music video when it made its Looking Glass debut.
Elsewhere at SIGGRAPH 2019, Ireland-based capture producers Volograms showcased their volumetric holograms (or volograms) to attendees without the need for any kind of headgear.
Regardless of the size of the studio, the process of volumetric capture is essentially the same. Without getting too technical, multiple cameras are configured to capture the same scene from different angles. Those video feeds are then digitally reconstructed to form one single volumetric sequence that can be viewed from multiple angles.
While you'll oftentimes see volumetric capture being applied in VR/AR spaces, it remains to be true that the best way to showcase volumetric captures to groups of people is with a 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.