15.08.16

3D display with ‘hologram’ effect coming to market

'volume' volumetric display from Looking Glass Factory

Talk about technology that creates a ‘hologram’-esque effect is nothing new, researchers at MIT and Harvard and even Microsoft are working on it, yet rarely is the conversation about bringing the technology to market – until now.

New York and Hong Kong-based manufacturer Looking Glass Factory have introduced its Volume display, what they have billed as the “world’s first personal volumetric display”, which allows 3D creations to be brought to life in a physical space.

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The display created the effect using a technology the company refer to as “lightfolding” via a projector (located below) and a number of transparent slices. Allowing images to be seen from both the front and back of the display, it gives users the capability to draw in 3D space (using tools like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Animate) and even send to a 3D printer. A live video feed can also potentially be recreated on the display via a volumetric camera (e.g. Kinect). Most crucially, Volume could be instrumental for science, with uses potentially including 3D X-rays and 4D ultrasounds.

Looking Glass Factory is currently showcasing the potential of the technology through the medium of art at the Fridman Gallery in New York.

A consumer version of the volumetric display is set for release in September 2016.