To view 3D content without the need for glasses, virtual reality (VR) headsets or any other face-base contraption you’ll need a holographic display like The Looking Glass. Today, Looking Glass Factory has announced that its displays will now support those working in Unreal Engine (UE4), Epic Games’ popular videogame development software.
In collaboration with Epic Games, Looking Glass Factory has released a UE4 plugin so that content creators can visualise their designs using these holographic displays. The new feature can be used for a range of industries not just videogames, such as automotive, architecture, mapping/GIS and medical imaging.
The Unreal Engine plugin feature list is as follows:
- Real-time 3D view of content in Unreal’s Game View
- Holographic 3D visuals in the editor and in builds
- Support for buttons on Looking Glass displays
- One-build deployment for 8.9″, 15.6″, and 8K units
- Adjustable camera for clipping planes and FoV
- Support for default image effects from Unreal, or customizable effects
- Windows only (Linux/Ubuntu coming soon)
- Leap Motion Controller support
“Having access to a glasses-free holographic display is a massive breakthrough, and presents an exciting prospect for teams working in immersive computer graphics, visualization and content creation,” explained Kim Libreri, CTO, Epic Games in a statement. “The Looking Glass holographic display provides a stunning level of realism, and we look forward to seeing the innovations that emerge with the support of Unreal Engine generated content.”
“Every day since we launched the Looking Glass in 2018, more and more engineers and designers would reach out and ask when we would support Unreal Engine,” adds Shawn Frayne, CEO & co-founder of Looking Glass Factory. “That’s why we’re so excited to announce the UE4 plugin for the Looking Glass today. Now studios around the world can make holographic experiences that go beyond anything ever seen before.”
Looking Glass Factory’s holographic displays start from $599 USD for the 8.9″ model with 15.6″ and 8K displays also available. They allow multiple people to view content thanks to the light field technology generating 45 distinct and simultaneous perspectives. For further updates on Looking Glass Factory, keep reading VRFocus.