Turn iPhone images into amazing holograms with Looking Glass Portrait

Turn iPhone bokeh images into amazing 3D holograms with Looking Glass Portrait


Looking Glass Portrait is on Kickstarter now.
Looking Glass Portrait is a (relatively) affordable desktop hologram display.
Photo: Looking Glass Factory

An iPhone 3D portrait image is amazing to see, and it can be even more mind blowing as a hologram. That’s the promise of Looking Glass Portrait.

This is not a single-use hologram. Users can send their own 3D images to the 7.9-inch display.

“Looking Glass Portrait is designed for the millions of people who’ve yearned for a holographic future or who work or play in 3D in any way: photographers, filmmakers, Unity and Unreal developers, 3D designers, early adopters, and those just starting to explore three-dimensional capture and creation,” said Looking Glass Factory, the developer of the product.

Holograms can be seen without a headset. And they offer a 58 degree viewing angle. Multiple people can see the hologram at once.

All that’s needed to capture images is a phone that can take Portrait (bokeh) mode photos and a Mac or PC to transfer the images.

Looking Glass Factory points out that the iPhone 12 Pro using a combination of advanced machine learning techniques and a LiDAR scanner can capture the best depth photos yet. And the company offers a optional light field photo rail for taking 3D images from different perspectives.

The developer made a demo video to show off the hologram display.

Looking Glass Portrait already funded on Kickstarter

Looking Glass Portrait debuted Wednesday on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. It reached its funding goal in 45 minutes.

Placing a pre-order on December 2 or December 3 gets the product for $199. These units will ship in March 2021. After that, the pre-order price goes up to $249, and units ship in April 2021. The regular cost of Looking Glass Portrait is $349.

Funding already passed $350,000, so a stretch goal has been added: an internal integrated Wi-Fi module in the hologram display. A later software update might enable users to send 3D images straight from their iPhone to the display.


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