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Setting Up

8.9" Developer Kit Looking Glass Setup Guide

What’s in the Box

  • 8.9" Looking Glass
  • Carrying Case
  • HDMI Cable
  • USB-C Cable
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Leap Motion (Add-on)

System Requirements

For the best experience we recommend using a computer with the following specs:

  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit (A MacBook Pro Core i5 will work with your Looking Glass but a PC with a dedicated graphics card will perform better. The Looking Glass only works with graphic cards that are able to output 2560 x 1600 or above.)
  • CPU: Equivalent to Intel Core i5 or above
  • Graphics Card: Equivalent to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or above
  • RAM: 4GB or above
  • Internal Storage: 128GB or above

Setting Up Your Looking Glass

Basic Setup

cable connection

  1. Connect the HDMI cable and USB-C cable to your host computer’s HDMI & USB 3.0 ports.
  2. Once both cables are connected, you should see the LEDs around your Looking Glass light up. Now you’re ready to run your first holographic application!

Lighting note: There is a small switch behind your Looking Glass that will turn on/off the LEDs that illuminate the system. We recommend that you leave these LEDs on — especially when filming your Looking Glass — as this will help add several depth cues to your content.

Cleaning note: Please take care to clean your Looking Glass only with the included microfiber cloth. Do not clean with other cleaning agents or alcohol.

Display Settings

Display Settings: PC

  1. Verify that your displays are extended.
  2. Set your second display to 2560px x 1600px.
  3. Ensure that the second display is set to 100% scale.

display setting scene for Windows

Display Settings: Mac

  1. In the ARRANGEMENT tab, verify that your displays are extended. We recommend that you position your Looking Glass on the left of your main display and aligned at the top.
  2. In the DISPLAY tab, ensure that this is set at "Default for Display" (Please note that every Looking Glass has a unique ID. The number on your Macbook settings will be slightly different from the one you see below.)

display setting scene for Mac



There are four buttons on the front face of the aluminum housing of the Looking Glass. Each of these buttons performs a different action for each Looking Glass app.


Setting up the Leap Motion (add-on)

PC Users

Install Orion for Leap Motion at

Mac Users

Orion is only available for Windows, which means several starter applications will not work with Leap Motion. For the full interactive experience, we recommend using a PC.

Getting Started

Running the Test Scene

Once your Looking Glass is connected to your computer and display settings are properly adjusted, you are ready to run the Test Scene. The Test Scene is intended to let you -- the new proud Looking Glass owner -- get adjusted to how your Looking Glass should look.

  1. Visit
  2. Download the Test Scene.
  3. Run the Test Scene (PC/Mac).

If all settings are correct, your Test Scene should look like this:

sample scene

To test that your buttons are working, the icons on the right should light up correspondingly

The Library

The Library is where you can find a universe of holographic applications.

Download at


The Library is intended to run off your computer alongside your Looking Glass giving you access to an ever-growing number of holographic applications.

Mouse-over any application for an instant 3D preview. Download applications to launch them.

Developer Tools

If you'd like to make your own apps for the Looking Glass, we've developed a suite of tools that allow you to create your own 3D holographic content. These include:

  • HoloPlay SDK for Unity
  • HoloPlay.js (three.js library)

Download these tools at

We've also developed a few apps that expand the types of 3D content that the Looking Glass can easily display, including:

  • 3D Model & Animation Importer
  • 3D Print App
  • Lightfield Photo and Video Players

More documentation on these tools, beta software releases, and more on how the Looking Glass works can be found on the rest of this documentation site.


This is a very short list of the most common problems that arise during setup. We will be posting more common troubleshooting issues at

The image inside your Looking Glass looks garbled.

Check that both HDMI and USB-C cables are connected to your computer. For the sake of troubleshooting, disconnect both cables, re-connect them and then restart your computer.

If that doesn't fix the issue, check that your display settings are adjusted following the instructions above.

Applications are running slow at a low frame-rate.

While most of our applications run on a wide range of computer configurations, we have minimum recommended settings listed above that you can refer to. We often find that when a computer is not plugged into a power source, this slows down the frame-rate so please check to ensure that this is not the case. Also make sure that the application is running off the dedicated GPU of your computer. Generally, all applications in the Library will run at 30-60fps.

I want to interact with the hologram (with my meat hands).

Glad you asked! The Looking Glass works with a whole range of accessories -- including the Leap Motion -- which is part of the Interaction Accessory Pack that can be purchased from our website. Several applications in the Library work with the Leap Motion and you can create your own interactive apps in Unity using our HoloPlay SDK along with the Orion SDK.