Looking Glass Portrait Is Your Own Personal Holographic Display

An affordable tabletop 3D display designed for people and characters.

Holographic light field display experts Looking Glass Factory today unveiled the Looking Glass Portrait, the companies first “portrait-orientated” 3D display designed specifically for people and characters. Unlike past Looking Glass devices, such as the Looking Glass 15.6 and Looking Glass 8K, the Looking Glass Portrait is the first 3D display aimed for personal use, offering a portable, easy-to-use holographic solution that could one day replace the conventional picture frame.

Featuring a generous 7.9” holographic light field display powered by new-and-improved optics, the Portrait is capable of delivering up to 100 perspectives of a 3D image/video without the need of additional headgear or 3D glasses, allowing multiple people to view a single hologram at the same time.

Arguably one of the biggest improvements is the new Standalone Mode, which allows you to view 3D content at 60fps without the need of a tethered PC or Mac thanks to built-in computing and holographic software stack. All you have to do is connect the device to power via a standard USB-C cable. You can still connect the 3D display to an external computer in order to run more demanding content.

Like all Looking Glass displays, the Portrait is compatible with the companies plugins, including HoloPlay Studio, a new app which allows you to upload, edit, and share up to 1,000 pieces of 3D content, including—but not limited to—holographic photographs captured via the iPhone X, 11, and 12; animated 3D characters; and various other immersive media. You can even record 3D video messages and send them to other Looking Glass owners thanks to the power of Azure Kinect and Intel RealSense, bringing us one step closer to the world of Star Wars.

The Looking Glass Portrait also features support for popular creative software such as Autodesk, Blender, Maya, Unity, and Unreal Engine.

“Ever since I was a little kid, I dreamed of the moment that I’d be able to have a holographic display of my own,” said Shawn Frayne, CEO of Looking Glass Factory. “I imagined what it would be like to send someone a holographic birthday message, or to say hello as a hologram to my great-great-great granddaughter. Looking Glass Portrait, the culmination of six years of work by our Brooklyn and Hong Kong based team, makes those dreams real for more people than ever before.” 

Looking Glass Portrait is currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter with the first batch expected to ship January 2021. The device will be available at a discounted rate of $200 the first two days, after which it will revert to a permanent price of $349.

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