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Lumii: Startup Leverages Combination of 2D and 3D Technology to Print Holographic 3D Images

by • August 7, 2016 • No Comments

download (23)Holograms were one of my favourite things as a child. I had stickers and bookmarks showcasing silver moons and stars that shimmered and shifted in and out of view, or horses that galloped across a field as you tilted the images. Magical – and magically distracting in class, as I subtly shifted my holographic notebooks and folders back and forth to watch the light show instead of paying attention to the teacher.

Back and so, I didn’t know the innovation required to turn it into holograms, that created them seem actually additional magical, and I only took it for granted that I’d never be able-bodied to manufacture my own. Today’s children can have no such illusions of optical illusions. Boston tech company Lumii is working on a innovation that they’re calling “the initially commercial light field display engine,” and it’s fundamentally going to let folks print their own holograms, via a combination of 2D and 3D methods.


The startup began at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where Matthew Hirsch, Thomas A. Baran and Daniel Leithinger were working on PhD programs. A combination of their respective fields of study led to the formation of Lumii and its light field innovation, that is yet in development, may already in a limited alpha testing phase. It should be coming to the masses soon, yet, and not long ago attendees at Siggraph 2016 got a sneak peek at the innovation via – what else? – holographic selfies.

At the Lumii booth, visitors had their faces 3D scanned to create detailed, full-color images of themselves. Instead of receiving a 3D file or a 3D print of their likenesses, yet, they watched as their photos were printed out on an ordinary 2D inkjet printing device. The prints that came out were anything but ordinary, yet – they were 3D images with shimmering, holographic backgrounds.

holoselfie“The way we do it is, instead of via specialized optics like lenses, we use algorithms to take a 3D model…and we turn that into special patterns, and when you print the patterns and layer them on top of one another, you get a 3D effect,” said Baran. “…It’s a full parallax image, so that means you can appear at it horizontally, and turn your head and appear at it vertically and yet see the 3D effect.”

The innovation drew a lot of interest of the crowds at Siggraph, as a expanding gallery of hologram-like portraits amassed at the Lumii booth. Light field innovation is not only a novelty, yet. Okay, the capacity to take holographic selfies is going to grab the attention of the general public, but the innovation has real future to be useful in several industries. Advertising is a primary target area, but interest has may already been expressed by companies in the fields of medicine, architecture and construction.

Light field innovation may be a valuable-bodied tool for artists and manufacturers, too – appear at the awe-inspiring creativity that has been shown in leveraging other digital media forms to turn it into art. Again, Lumii’s light field innovation is yet in the alpha phase, but if you want to be the initially to experiment with this new method of create, you can sign up to be an alpha tester here.