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Looking Glass Go: Holograms X Radiance Fields

Michael Rubloff

Dec 5, 2023

Looking Glass Go
Looking Glass Go

In an era where technology constantly reshapes our perception of reality, a groundbreaking innovation is set to transform the way we interact with digital content. On December 5th, 2023, Looking Glass is unveiling its latest creation – Looking Glass Go, a portable holographic display (USB-C) that promises to bring the long-awaited dream of accessible holograms to life.

Looking Glass Go is the culmination of five years of rigorous prototyping and innovation. Designed to be portable and user-friendly, it allows users to experience holograms without the need for bulky VR or AR headsets. At a launch price of $199 (for 48 hours only), significantly discounted from its $300 list price, the Go is set to make waves in the tech world. The Go will be offered in two styles— white (standard) and clear (+$49).

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It is also extremely exciting for me to announce that Luma AI will be forming a partnership with Looking Glass to directly support a web viewer of Luma captures. This means that any Luma capture will be compatible with Looking Glass Go. It's a significant step towards a more integrated and accessible holographic ecosystem.

The magic of Looking Glass Go lies in its ability to transform ordinary 2D photos and videos into captivating 3D holograms. With the radiance fields generated by Luma AI, users can create and share these holograms effortlessly. This feature isn't just a technical achievement; it's a doorway to a new form of storytelling and connection, beginning to make radiance fields a part of our everyday lives.

This new integration seems to be a new, unannounced feature from the Luma team. Every single Luma splat will work and as Luma continues to push updates to their platform, the quality of life improvements will be passed forwards to Looking Glass users.

We are finally beginning to see hardware that will showcase one of the use cases of radiance fields that I am most passionate about— memories of everyday life. For the vast majority of people, photos and videos have been the primary way that we have interacted with and documented our lives. However, photos have remained static, in the sense that you can neither retroactively set your composition nor walk around in that moment. Obviously, with videos, you get movement and a more intimate look at what was documented, but that has also had its limitations. Now thanks to Looking Glass and Luma AI, you have the ability to relive your memories like never before.

"Two major trends are converging. Fueled by Apple’s announcement of the Vision Pro, the upcoming spatial photo capabilities in the iPhone 15, and the prevalence of 3D game engines and more powerful GPUs, spatial platforms are on the rise. At the same time, we’re seeing generative AI breathe life into content creation. Looking Glass Go takes those two innovations and wraps them into an insanely small system you can use anywhere. Welcome to the first taste of the future."Shawn Frayne, Co-Founder & CEO of Looking Glass FactoryTweet

Imagine chatting with a holographic character as if it were right in front of you. Liteforms, an app for Looking Glass Go, makes this possible. Powered by large language models like ChatGPT, Liteforms creates interactive holographic characters, adding a personal touch to technology. In a future update, Liteforms will allow users to create their avatars from a single photo. This feature opens a realm of possibilities for personalization, from appearance to voice, making each holographic experience uniquely yours.

Looking Glass Go goes beyond just viewing holograms; it enables users to create them. With support for AI-generated art tools like Midjourney or Dall-E, users can convert any AI-generated image into a hologram, further bridging the gap between digital art and the physical world.

It also isn't just for consumers; it's a powerful tool for creators too. With comprehensive support for platforms like Unity, Unreal, Blender, and WebXR, developers have the freedom to build their holographic applications, pushing the boundaries of what's possible in holographic content.

Looking Glass Go boasts the highest pixel density of any holographic display to date, offering unprecedented detail and realism. Its ultra-thin form factor and portability redefine the concept of holographic displays, making it a versatile tool for both entertainment and professional use.

This represents a significant leap forward in holographic technology. Looking Glass Go's combination of accessibility, portability, and functionality marks the beginning of a new era in digital interaction. As we eagerly anticipate its launch, the possibilities of how it will reshape our digital experiences are truly boundless.

For those in the NYC area, Looking Glass will be hosting a launch event on Thursday evening. RSVP's are available here. If you're planning on going, please let me know; it would be awesome to meet people there.

For more information or to support this pioneering venture, visit look.glass/go or reach out to nikki@lookingglassfactory.com. For media requests for Luma AI, please reach out to hello@lumalabs.ai.

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