How it works

The Looking Glass technology explained.

A quantum leap in non-headgear display.

The Looking Glass is a patent-pending combination of lightfield and volumetric display technologies within a single three-dimensional display system. 45 unique simultaneous views of a virtual scene are captured on a computer at 60 frames per second.

The dream of the living hologram.

These dozens of views are encoded into a video signal that is sent via HDMI to the Looking Glass®. The Looking Glass optics decode the video signal into a full-color, superstereoscopic three-dimensional scene.

A 3D world shared with others.

As you move around the display, your eyes are exposed to different sets of 3D information, creating a life-like, 3D experience for groups of people. Multiple people standing around a Looking Glass can view and interact with different parts of the scene in the real world.

Just plug and play.

Connect to your computer with the provided USB Type-C and HDMI cables. You’re ready to use the Looking Glass.

Art by Jeff Chang

Import your existing 3D work.

Create holographic apps of your own (or port your existing work) with our Unity SDK or quickly import .OBJ, .gLTF or .glb files with the Model Importer app. Direct viewports from Maya, Blender, and more coming this fall.

Touch, tap, and wave.

Supercharge your Looking Glass functionality with the Leap Motion, video game controllers like the Switch Joy-Con, or Arduino controls.

A holographic app store (for free)

Explore the app Library’s dozens — and soon, hundreds! — of free 3D apps and demos, created by the team at Looking Glass Factory and the 3D creators with Looking Glasses around the world. One click to run any app in the Library in your Looking Glass.

Frequently asked questions

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, 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.

Is it 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!

Picture of a Standard Looking Glass

Standard Looking Glass

8.9”. For the desks of 3D creators everywhere.

Picture of a Large Looking Glass

Large Looking Glass

15.6”. For simulation/design review and retail display.

Starts shipping in early February 2019.

See your 3D creations the way they were meant to be seen, and get a Looking Glass on your desk this fall. First production batch available for a very limited time.

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