With Microsoft targeting companies for $ 3,500 with its HoloLens 2, a startup expects the company to be ready to commit to glasses-free 3D displays as well.
After shipping the Looking Glass Standard (formerly called HoloPlayer One) 8.9-inch tabletop displays for glasses-free interaction with 3D content at a much lower price than HoloLen's all-in-one 3D desktop Computer for $ 6,000
While HoloPlayer One provided customers with a display along with compatible desktops The Looking Glass Pro Workstation features a 15.6-inch Lightfield display, a fold-out 7-inch touch screen display, a Leap Motion controller for interacting with 3D content, and a built-in Intel NUC 8 VR computer for the entire show.
"After delivering thousands of standard and large Looking Glass development kit displays to 3D content developers earlier this year, we received numerous requests from companies for a stand-alone holographic solution that they could use without having separate peripherals or have an external computer connected, we're pleased to announce the launch of Looking Glass Pro today, "said Shawn Frayne, co-founder and CEO of Looking Glass Factory, in a statement.
Looking Glass Pro also ships with software, including HoloPlay Unity SDK, HoloPlay plug-in for Unreal Engine, and Three.js 3D library for Looking Glass, with customers immediately developing from apps.
Looking Glass aims to provide the product to the industry That may benefit from displaying 3D content. For example, physicians and educators could use Looking Glass Pro to visualize images, such as For example, dental scans for orthodontic patients or human anatomy for students. Marketers could use the displays to win customers, as did Intel Studios when they presented a volumetric video by Reggie Watts on the SXSW. Product designers could also use Looking Glass Pro to simulate prototypes in 3D, while real estate and construction companies could do 3D surveys of real estate or building designs in 3D.
"We've found that customers can truly benefit from sharing visuals of real 3D content rather than having to put on a VR / AR headset, "said Nitin Bhargava, vice president of business development for Looking Glass Factory. "With Looking Glass Pro, we are able to deliver what those customers need in a single unit, and we're excited to work closely with them to unlock new holographic business experiences."
$ 5,500 will be available from Tuesday through June 2. Thereafter, the units will be reset to their regular retail price. Pre-orders will be shipped from mid-July.
The glass-free 3D is an interesting alternative for companies where 3D data is part of their daily operations. With more processing power than the HoloLens, Looking Glass Pro Workstation could potentially handle more robust 3D images. However, the use cases are more limited than with the HoloLens or even the Magic Leap One, which makes it possible to display and interact with 3D content in the entire user environment rather than on a stationary screen.