Last year, American startup Looking Glass raised $ 14 million in investment to create a completely new type of display. It was conceived as a screen for rendering complex 3D graphics without the use of additional devices such as glasses or filters. The concept has grown into a full-fledged all-in-one computer that recently went on sale.
The main part of Looking Glass Pro is the display. It is based on a regular 4K screen, but it has a three-dimensional glass coating in the form of a lens. The original image is subjected to software processing, divided into fragments with a lower resolution, which are displayed in a certain sequence. As a result, the user sees a three-dimensional picture "inside the screen", without the use of additional devices.
Looking Glass Pro's hardware is based on the Intel NUC 8 VR mini PC system, which adds an additional side 7-inch touchscreen. This is a forced measure - a 3D picture provokes the user to interact with it using gestures, but the main display does not technically support this possibility. Therefore, a second, navigation screen is needed, although from habit the controls seem not very convenient.
On the software side, Looking Glass Pro runs on Windows and is compatible with most Windows software. Alas, the computer can hardly be called affordable - the original screen alone costs $ 3000, and the entire system is estimated at $ 6000. You can pre-order today, with the first deliveries starting in July.