The Looking Glass is a holographic light field display that can show volumetric videos and 3D models without VR or AR glasses. Here is a product video (with a less than subtle jab at Magic Leap):
The Looking Glass began as a crowdfunded project in July 2018, shipped to backers in December and is now commercially available, starting at $599.
The display works by showing 45 different views of the object simultaneously at 60fps. It can be seen by multiple people, who will all see the 3d model from their own perspective. The Looking Glass is aimed primarily at 3D creators and is being presented as an alternative to VR or AR.
Here are other demos of the Looking Glass:
Here is a demo by Kevin Kunze (shot in VR180):
The technology looks promising and I hope to see it in person one of these days. On the other hand, I’m not sure how practical it is because of the limited size of the display. It seems to me that AR or VR are more practical ways to view volumetric videos and 3D models. Nonetheless, I see holographic displays such as this as more useful than AR or VR for certain applications, such as at a store or a museum, or similar location.
How about you? What do you think? Let me know in the comments!