The Looking Glass

A holographic display for 3D creators. Order today to ship by January 2019.

Add-ons

Interaction Accessory Pack

Includes Leap Motion Controller, special carrying case, and microfiber cloth.

All 3D creators welcome.

The Looking Glass is the first desktop holographic display designed for 3D creators. No VR or AR headgear required.

Unity Developers

Construct 3D game scenes and test how your character or asset behaves in real-time.
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3D Artists

Share your work with others, using tools like Maya, Blender, and AutoCAD.
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Industrial & Product Designers

Iterate with your team in real time, streamlining your design process.

Architects & Interior Designers

Enhance your client experience by manipulating a 3D scene within a truly spatial display.
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Digital Fabrication

Create full-on "3D classrooms" without needing 3D glasses, VR/AR headgear, or 3D printers — products that often require huge upfront investment.

3D Nerds (Like Us!)

Help create the future of 3D. Photogrammetry, experimental lightfield capture, iPhone X depth mapping, and more!
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Early Reactions

What others think of the Looking Glass
“The most mind-blowing technology I’ve seen in years. It’s the truly futuristic, deeply immersive display we’ve always dreamed of.”

Jake Lodwick, Founder

"A beautiful and elegant piece of technology, affording the viewer the dignity of seeing 3-D worlds without strapping a thing to their head."

David O'Reilly, Artist & Game Designer

"Finally, people can actually build experiences, build interactions that happen in 3-D in autostereoscopic, no glasses 3-D, it's what everyone's wanted all along."

John Underkoffler, CEO

“The Looking Glass is the first display that delivers on the promise of the hologram. It feels like you’re experiencing something out of a sci-fi movie.”

Matt Parker, Assistant Professor

In person, a Looking Glass is a moving, living 3D image that you can't take your eyes off of."
"Every time you come to our offices it's like you bring a little bit of the future."
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Bring your 3D content to life with HoloPlay SDK.

Our free and already available HoloPlay SDK for Unity allows you to bring all your 3D virtual worlds to life inside of a Looking Glass. If you’re curious to see how to get started right away (even without a Looking Glass in hand,) check out our HoloPlay SDK Tutorial here.

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View 3D models with the 3D Model and Animation Importer.

The Model Importer allows you to easily view 3D models on your Looking Glass. In the early beta release of the application, only gLTF, OBJ and glb file formats are accepted but more are coming soon!

The Model Importer uses a special type of control to allow you to view your model from different perspectives in 3D. You can rotate around your model by left clicking and dragging. You can pan around the scene by right clicking and dragging, and you can zoom in by scrolling.

If you want to go more in-depth with the Model Importer, we’ve written a brief Model Importer Getting Started Guide for early beta users of the Looking Glass.

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Explore a universe of 3D with the Holographic App Library.

The Looking Glass will launch with a free App Library which will be a Window PC/MAC executable that manages content for your Looking Glass. With the Library, you’ll be able to browse, download and play holographic content inside your Looking Glass with a single click.

At launch, the App Library will include about three dozen holographic applications that the Looking Glass Factory have developed as a small sample of created for you to experience inside a Looking Glass. We expect this to grow to hundreds of applications!

Add your own peripherals.

Extend your Looking Glass with a wide-range of peripheral add-ons including the Leap Motion Controller, Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controllers, Intel RealSense, Microsoft Kinect, Xbox Game Controller, Arduino and more!

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Product Gallery

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Product Specifications

The Standard Looking Glass

The Standard Looking Glass

Dimensions
8.2" x 3.7" x 6.1" (L x W x H)
20.9 cm x 9.3 cm x 15.4 cm
Weight
4.8 lbs / 2.2 kg
Connections
USB-C Power Cable
HDMI Cable
The Large Looking Glass

The Large Looking Glass

Dimensions
14.5" x 6.9" x 9.6" (L x W x H)
36.8 cm x 17.5 cm x 24.4 cm
Weight
18.6 lbs / 8.4 kg
Connections
USB-C Power Cable
HDMI Cable

Product Specifications

The Standard Looking Glass

The Standard Looking Glass

For individual 3D creators.

Dimensions
8.2" x 3.7" x 6.1" (L x W x H)
20.9 cm x 9.3 cm x 15.4 cm
Weight
4.8 lbs / 2.2 kg
Connections
USB-C Power Cable
HDMI Cable
The Large Looking Glass

The Large Looking Glass

For simulation/design review and retail display

Dimensions
14.5" x 6.9" x 9.6" (L x W x H)
36.8 cm x 17.5 cm x 24.4 cm
Weight
18.6 lbs / 8.4 kg
Connections
USB-C Power Cable
HDMI Cable
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Getting Started

The Looking Glass supports various hardware configurations including the MacBook Pro “Core i5” 2.7. However for best viewing experience we recommend the following specifications:

  • Operating system: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Equivalent to Intel Core i5 or above
  • Graphics card*: Equivalent to Nvidia GTX 1060 or above
  • RAM: 4GB or above
  • Internal storage: 128GB or above

(*The Looking Glass only works with graphics cards that are able to output 2560 x 1600 or above.)

Is this like the Tupac hologram?

Nope! The illusions showing Tupac at Coachella and Michael Jackson at the Billboard Music Awards were using a 156-year-old parlor trick known as Pepper’s Ghost. This illusion is simply a 2D image, reflected on a piece of film or glass. When viewed from a large distance of 30+ feet, your eyes can’t tell what’s 2D or 3D. But if you get up close to a Pepper’s Ghost, the illusion collapses and you see it’s just a 2D reflection after all.

On the other hand, the Looking Glass generates a truly three-dimensional virtual scene with 45 distinct views shooting out into the real world. What this means is that up close, you still feel as if the content in the Looking Glass is alive and 3D — because it is!

Is this really a hologram?

Both conventional holograms and the Looking Glass are viewable by groups of people without VR or AR headgear or 3D glasses. But whereas conventional holograms are more analogous to photographs (static — they don’t move), the Looking Glass technology is more analogous to movies (dynamic and alive).

The Looking Glass moves and updates at 60 frames per second, is in full-color, with content that is generated from a connected computer. So while a Looking Glass is technically a lightfield display with volumetric characteristics and not based on conventional holographic techniques, it’s the closest we’ve ever come to putting the holograms we know and love from Star Wars and Adventure Time on our desks.

Are you using some sort of camera tracking trick? This looks like it's fake.

No tracking tricks here! All video footage is shot with a regular camera and is similar to what you’d see in real life (actually it’s a bit better in real life). The Looking Glass accomplishes this by generating 45 distinct views of that virtual scene and pushing those out into the world simultaneously, at 60 frames per second in full color.

What type of computer do I need to run the Looking Glass?

The Looking Glass supports various hardware configurations including the MacBook Pro “Core i5” 2.7. However for best viewing experience we recommend the following specifications:

Operating system: Windows 10 64-bit
CPU: Equivalent to Intel Core i5 or above
Graphics card*: Equivalent to Nvidia GTX 1060 or above
RAM: 4GB or above
Internal storage: 128GB or above

It’s possible to run a number of holographic apps on the Looking Glass with computers with lower specs, but we can’t guarantee all apps will run at a decent framerate. In other words, we’re being a little overly cautious here and if you have questions about if your computer will work with a Looking Glass, message us here or write info@lookingglassfactory.com.

(*The Looking Glass only works with graphics cards that are able to output 2560 x 1600 or above.)

What's the biggest Looking Glass you can make? Is there anything bigger than the Large 15.6" Looking Glass?

The Standard and Large Looking Glasses listed are the only system we will be producing in 2018. These can be tiled together into 1×2, 2×2 and larger arrays for substantially larger volumes. That all said, the technology behind the Looking Glass can scale to larger sizes, and we have larger experimental systems in development in our labs. But we won’t be producing these or even publicly showing these experimental systems in 2018.

Get your Looking Glass

We're excited to get Looking Glasses onto the desks of all the 3D creators of the world.

The Standard Looking Glass

$600.00$499.00

For the desks of 3D creators everywhere (8.9").

Includes HoloPlay SDK for Unity and the App Library to open up a world of 3-D content.

Order today to ship by January 2019.

Add-ons

Interaction Accessory Pack

Includes Leap Motion Controller, special carrying case, and microfiber cloth.

3X Larger

The Large Looking Glass

$3,000.00

For simulation/design review and retail display (15.6").

Includes HoloPlay SDK for Unity and the App Library to open up a world of 3-D content.

Order today to ship by January 2019.

Add-ons

Interaction Accessory Pack

Includes Leap Motion Controller, special carrying case, and microfiber cloth.

Interested in bulk orders over 10 units or a custom holographic solution for your organization? Contact Us.