Last month, startup Looking Glass Factory launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its personal holographic portrait displays. Now the developers are announcing the launch of a new cloud service that can add a third dimension to any two-dimensional images, turning them into holograms.
The service uses proprietary machine learning technology to create a detailed 3D map of an ordinary photograph, and then generates many images from different angles that are necessary to obtain a hologram.
According to the developers, it doesn’t matter what device the original photo was taken with – it can be a top-end DSLR camera or a regular smartphone. It can even be a digital scan of an old physical photograph or a drawing from a book. The only caveat – to display the hologram itself, you still need a special device like Portrait or the like.
There is a month left until the end of the campaign to raise funds for the production of Portrait, and the service will be launched this spring. Transformation of photos with it will take only a few seconds and does not require any special knowledge. The service price will be $ 20 for 100 conversions.