Looking Glass Portrait smashes funding target in 45 minutes

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Looking Glass Portrait, billed as a personal holographic display for your desk, surpassed its Kickstarter target in just 45 minutes

Quick read

➨ The new device from Looking Glass Factory, billed as a personal holographic display for your desk, will enable users to share 3D content and is a step toward holographic video calls
➨ US holographic display developer Looking Glass Factory only announced plans to release the device today, launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund its development
➨ The 7.9” holographic light field display significantly scales down existing technology, while offering improved ambient anti-reflective properties that enhance the visual quality of images

The story

Looking Glass Portrait, the new personal holographic display, is already funded and primed for release in the first half of 2021.

The new device from Looking Glass Factory, billed as a personal holographic display for your desk, will enable users to share 3D content and is a step toward holographic video calls.

US holographic display developer Looking Glass Factory only announced plans to release the device today, launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund its development.

But an initial special price of $199 for the display, which will ultimately retail at $349, saw Looking Glass achieve its target in 45 minutes.

Shawn Frayne, chief executive officer of Looking Glass Factory, was thrilled with the response. He said: “I’ve always wanted a way for everyone to have their own holographic display and now that dream is one step closer to becoming a reality. I cannot thank our community and all those who believe in a holographic future enough for their support!”

The real selling point of Looking Glass Portrait is its standalone mode

It’s easy to see why the Kickstarter for Looking Glass Portrait was funded so quickly.

This 7.9” holographic light field display significantly scales down existing technology, while offering improved ambient anti-reflective properties that enhance the visual quality of images. 

Looking Glass Portrait generates up to 100 perspectives of a 3D image and projects them simultaneously, requiring no 3D glasses, eye tracking or headsets.

The real selling point of Looking Glass Portrait is its standalone mode. The device’s in-built computer and software stack can run high-fidelity recorded holographic media at 60fps. It also works in tethered mode with PCs and Macs.

Users will be able to upload, edit and load up to a 1,000 pieces of holographic media

Looking Glass Portrait will ship with the new HoloPlay Studio software, which enables users to upload, edit and load up to a 1,000 pieces of holographic media. The device supports Azure Kinect, Intel RealSense and iPhone cameras with Portrait mode capabilities for holographic video capture and sharing.

Looking Glass Factory is excited about the potential of Looking Glass Portrait for advanced users. The device supports a range of software, including Unreal Engine, Unity, Autodesk Maya, and Blender, enabling developers and artists to create and share a range of interactive applications and 3D art.

The Kickstarter for Looking Glass Portrait is still live and the special price of $199 is in effect until tomorrow.

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Images: Looking Glass Factory

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