A Brooklyn-based startup is trying to make history by introducing a new technology that presents a virtual reality without using goggles or glasses.
The startup called Looking glass and headed by Shawn Fayne launches what they call as the “world’s first affordable volumetric display” which they dub as Volume. They do this by using transparent cubes that have the capacity to harness more than 2 million pixels to create 3D holographic images.
Volume looks like a 21-inch block of ice that weighs 30 pounds. It looks unassuming at first look, but it allows people to share their 3D content without using any other accessories.
“With the VR and AR technologies to date, enjoying 3D content has been a very isolating and singular experience enjoyed by one person through a VR headset or 3D glasses. But with Volume, we’re excited to introduce a new future where anyone can bring 3D creations to life and share them socially in the physical world,” Frayne said.
His vision is to make Volume the future of virtual reality which is fast becoming an $82 billion industry according to Goldman-Sachs. Frayne added that with the creation of Volume, it can jumpstart the creation of better content and better volumetric display, which can create an environment of healthy competition to improve virtual and augmented reality.
If Frayne’s vision becomes a successful reality, it can provide a counterweight for Oculus, Gear, and other VR headsets.
As of the moment, Looking Glass is not the only company which is looking into the possibilities of the next generation virtual reality. Microsoft, for instance, is trying to develop a gadget that would allow computer users to communicate with their machines with just a flick of their hands. The company hopes to make hand recognition technology more usable in more practical and professional ways.
Meanwhile, Frayne added that Volume can be used by doctors to expand microscopic images or take a closer look at body organs.
“We’re really stressing that this is not something you’d buy at Best Buy,” he said.
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