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.
Those who want to get their hands on Looking Glass Portrait display can go visit the Looking Glass Store.
To get fully setup with your Looking Glass Portrait, you can onboard here directly.


Looking Glass Portrait is our latest display, featuring several new improvements such as:
  • An embedded Raspberry Pi 4 for standalone holographic video and image playback (Standalone mode)
  • Real-time app support when connected to an external laptop or desktop computer (Desktop mode)
  • Holographic imagery that isn't contained in a cube, floating in mid air in front of the display
  • A new lightweight form factor (1.5 lbs)
Looking Glass Portrait_Getting Started Guide.pdf
Looking Glass Portrait Quick Start

Stand Alone Mode & Desktop Mode

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

Stand Alone Mode

Stand Alone Mode allows you to run the Looking Glass Portrait just plugged into the wall, no computer necessary. 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 of amazing content made by the crew at Looking Glass Factory and our amazing community members. You can check out these holograms and more at https://look.glass/holograms.
Stand Alone Mode requires more power than desktop mode does, if you want to run your Looking Glass Portrait in stand alone mode off of your computer or another device separate from the included power adapter, you'll need to use a proper USB-C cable. USB-A -> USB-C cables will not power the Portrait in stand alone mode.

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 play games like Voxatron, view your 3D art in Blender, Unity, Unreal, or sync your own photos & videos with HoloPlay Studio.

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.
Mini-> Display Port to HDMI is possible, however it is increasingly difficult to find high quality adapters that work at high resolutions required for Looking Glass displays.
We've confirmed that the following cable will work with Looking Glass Portrait: https://www.apple.com/shop/product/HHLY2ZM/B/belkin-4k-mini-displayport-to-hdmi-cable-2-m-65-ft
If your computer is unable to power your Looking Glass in desktop mode you can still use the Looking Glass Portrait by connecting the USB-C cable to the wall and the HDMI cable to your computer. However, in this configuration you will be unable to sync holograms via HoloPlay Studio as access to the storage drive is not possible without a USB connection to the computer.

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%.


To communicate with the Looking Glass Portrait, any computer that connects to the device will need to have HoloPlay Service installed. Learn more here.

Test Your Setup

This simple test can be run to ensure that hardware is connected and software is installed and configured:
When the above button is pressed HoloPlay Service will display 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, please ensure that the latest version of HoloPlay Service is installed and that your HDMI cable and USB-C cables are properly plugged in.
HoloPlay Studio is a new tool that is central to viewing and managing content on your Looking Glass Portrait. Using this app, you can import, view, and edit a variety of 3D images and video formats, and load them to be played on the Looking Glass Portrait when in standalone mode. This includes support for:
  • importing hologram data from a variety of sources (iPhone Portrait mode photos, light field photosets, RGBD videos, etc)
  • editing and framing your holographic content
  • syncing to the device
  • exporting and sharing holograms with others
More information about HoloPlay Studio can be found here. If you'd like to learn more about playlist management on the Looking Glass Portrait please check the following section of our documentation here.

Additional Software

In addition to HoloPlay 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. However, our plugins for these tools are being updated to support quilt video export that can be loaded onto the system for playback in Standalone mode via HoloPlay Studio.
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