Looking Glass Portrait

Looking Glass Portrait is the world's first personal holographic display, ideal for anyone who wants to view, create, and experience true-to-life, 3D holographic images, video and applications right on their desktop.

Quick Start Guide

Looking Glass Portrait_Getting Started Guide.pdf
Looking Glass Portrait Quick Start
Looking Glass Portrait_Safety & Wall Installation (EN, ES, IT, FR, DE).pdf
Looking Glass Safety & Wall Installation Guides (EN, ES, IT, FR, DE)

Stand Alone Mode & Desktop Mode

Looking Glass Portrait has two different modes it can operate in.

1. Stand Alone Mode

Stand Alone Mode allows you to run the Looking Glass Portrait just plugged into power without a computer. In this mode the Looking Glass can playback images or videos that have been synced to the device.
Each Looking Glass Portrait ships with a hand picked Demo Reel made by the crew at Looking Glass Factory and our amazing community members. A full list of these holograms can be found here.
USB-A ↔ USB-C cables will not power the Portrait in stand alone mode.

2. Desktop Mode

Desktop Mode allows you to run the Looking Glass Portrait off of your computer. We currently support MacOS, Windows, and Linux Systems. In this mode you can

Adapters & Cables

There are a few requirements for desktop mode, you'll want to make sure your computer can output a 4K video signal to HDMI (You can use adapters, like USB-C -> HDMI and Display Port -> HDMI adapters. We've confirmed that this cable will work with Looking Glass Portrait

Monitor Setup

When setup in desktop mode, your Looking Glass Portrait will show up as an external monitor. On both MacOS and Windows you'll need to set your displays to run in Extended Mode instead of Mirrored Mode. In addition, you'll want to ensure that the Looking Glass Portrait is set to 1536x2048 with display scaling set to 100%.
This is a screenshot of displays settings on a PC connected to a Looking Glass and two other 2D secondary monitors. The Portrait on this display configuration is Display 1.


Looking Glass Bridge facilitates communication between your computer and any connected Looking Glass devices. Required for Looking Glass applications and development tools. Download Looking Glass Bridge here.

Test Your Setup

This simple test can be run to ensure that hardware is connected, and that the proper software is installed and configured.
If successful, you display should show a test image of the Looking Glass logo on your portrait. To close this image, move your mouse over and click anywhere on the image. The image should appear 3D.
If the image doesn't appear, or you get an error, ensure that the latest version of Looking Glass Bridge is installed and that your HDMI cable and USB-C cables are properly plugged in.
Looking Glass Studio is the hologram companion app for your Looking Glass Portrait. With it, you can import holograms from a variety of sources, make minor edits to any hologram you create, and sync to your Looking Glass Portrait for Standalone Mode. This includes support for:
  • Importing hologram data from a variety of sources (iPhone Portrait mode photos, light field photosets, RGB-D photos & videos, etc)
  • Editing and framing your holographic content
  • Syncing new holographic media to your Portrait
  • Exporting and sharing holograms with others
More information about Looking Glass Studio can be found here.
To learn more about playlist management on the Looking Glass Portrait please check the following section of our documentation here.

Demo Holograms

Beam this holographic video into your Looking Glass for a 3D greeting from Shawn! Made with Depth Recorder.


See Timmy, your new 3D best friend, wave a holographic “hello”! Made by Roland Smeenk.

It’s all in the details with light field photos. See how Nikki’s eye changes behind the 3D magnifying glass!
We think Missy’s lip gloss is poppin’, especially as a three-dimensional light field!
Albert intensely ponders the meaning of light in this deeply reflective hologram.
When he’s not shredding them, Shawn uses rails to make light fields, and you can too!
Dive into the calming world of Drew Medina’s Holoquarium.
This 3D frog will jump out of your Looking Glass, but not onto your desk. We promise.
We asked this frog if it was ready for its close-up, and it simply said “Toadally!”
This 3D iPhone photo shows Biggie the Cat having a nap on the ocean floor. Edited in Diorama!
Graze through this dreamy 3D meadow with butterflies, sheep, and chicken. Made by Drew Medina in Unity!


The one and only Kizuna AI welcomes you to Hologram Land!
Orange you glad you can view a bunch of 3D fruits in this ZBrush still life by Jay Howse? You know what they say about a hologram a day...


Astroboy looks up at you in this light field photo shot by Shawn.
Take a closer look at the layers of this circuit board in this light field photo made with a DSLR.
Being able to view maps in 3D gives you a new kind of bird’s eye perspective. Check out this Blender rendering by Sean Conway!
As Milan Pollé has said, a holographic Cornell Box just had to happen.
Another incredibly reflective rendering by Milan Pollé!


Watch this astronaut take giant leaps around a 3D space station in this app made with the HoloPlay Unity Plugin.
Everything great about color, light, and betta fish rolled into one. Made with Unity by our friend Keijiro Takahashi.


Unlock your playful side with an interactive Unity app built by Oliver Garcia-Borg, and inspired by the work of Eliza S-J. Interaction requires a leap motion controller.
You can download the interactive demo from here.
This 3D model’s favorite song is by Duran Duran. You know the one. Sketchfab model by Oscar Creativo.
Take a moment of respite in this 3D tunnel of clouds by Nimitz & ported to Looking Glass by David Gallardo.
Always with one eye on the future. Light field capture of Shawn Frayne with Magnifying Glass captured with a 4K Sony ZV-1 Camera.


Honestly, what’s more fun than a holographic bunny? Made by Blender artist Mar.


As lifelike as it seems, we promise no actual wasps will fly out of your display. We’ve fixed that bug. Light field photo by Giovanni Remigi.
Wasps are pretty fly when you can see them up close. See what we mean in this zoomed-in view of a hologram by Giovanni Remigi.


The one and only, ethereal as always. iPhone Portrait mode photo captured with an iPhone X.
New kid in town? No worries, volumetric Missy is here to be your first 3D friend. Filmed using an Azure Kinect, processed with Depthkit and Unity.


3D pictures are a holographic display’s best friend. Now every dog can have their day as a 3D hologram. 3D photo made by Riyaz Datoo.


Kids these days, with their holographic hootnanny. Relive the wonder years with this 3D photo made by Riyaz Datoo.


Call your mother. This 3D photo by Giovanni Remigi is your holographic reminder.

Additional Software

In addition to Looking Glass Studio, our other 3D viewers and developer tools support the Looking Glass Portrait. Real-time apps created in tools like Unity and Unreal will require the Looking Glass Portrait to be run in Desktop mode.

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