A holographic display isn’t something you really need unless you have something to look at, and Looking Glass Factory is promising to make things work out fine: turn your existing photos into holograms.
The company is winding down its crowdfunding campaign for its Portrait display by working on a cloud-based service that looks to turn any 2D photo into a hologram you can see on the forthcoming screen.
All you have to do is send in a picture and a machine learning system will create a depth map that automatically turns it into your desired holographic display.
From the look of things, it won’t really matter how the image is captured, or even whether or not it’s a real-life shot. Go ahead and create a 3D rendition of a comic book panel if that’s what you want.
Looking Glass plans to launch the service in spring 2021 alongside the Portrait display itself. It will normally cost $20 to convert 100 photos to holograms, but those who’ve backed the frame (starting with a $249 pledge) will get their first 20 conversions for free if the campaign reaches $2.5 million by January 14th.
This is meant more for converting your family photo album or your phone portrait catalog than upgrading images on a whim.