How does HoloLamp work?

HoloLamp is the world’s first glasses-free portable AR device that creates optical 3D illusions directly on your environment.

HoloLamp is composed of a ultra short throw pico projector engine and some sensors. The sensors track the user’s head and map the environment. Then, HoloLamp warps the image to be projected in real-time so that the user sees what he would expect to see if the virtual object was real. The user can also control the virtual objects using his hands. In this way, HoloLamp creates natural interactions without any constraints on the user: he does not wear or hold any equipment, any marker.

HoloLamp takes the power of our brain and the power of new pico projectors, video capture and face tracking technology to allow us to know where the viewer is and alter the image they are seeing so that the 2D projection they are viewing behaves as if it was 3D.


What is spatial augmented reality?

Spatial augmented reality is a branch of augmented reality based on projectors that delivers a glasses-free and hands-free augmented reality experience. It exploits the way our eyes perceive 3D objects to allow you to perceive a 3D experience. Spatial augmented reality enables moving images on any surface by mapping the surface, tracking the user and then projecting an image that is warped so that from the user’s point of view it is what they would expect to see as a 3D effect.


How is HoloLamp different from competitors?

Current augmented reality solutions are based on looking through systems like glasses, phones, tablets or other devices that mix reality with the augmentation, but fail in so many ways.  Glasses-based devices reduce your field of view and can be very uncomfortable since it places a screen very close to your eyes. Viewing through a phone or other handheld device places the screen at arm’s length and makes the interaction less immersive as your hands are being used to hold the screen. Additionally, a number of research labs have been working on fixed installations using complex projector setups, but the demos remain at the research stage.

HoloLamp is the world's first portable and self-contained device to deliver a glasses-free and hands-free spatial augmented reality experience. It is simple to use and is suitable for a desktop. 


How can I interact with HoloLamp?

You can place digital content in the physical space around you, so you can interact with it in the same ways that you interact with physical objects.

HoloLamp allows the creation of a mixed reality environment, where real objects can coexist with virtual objects to enrich the environment in real time. HoloLamp’s algorithms capture the game environment geometry so that special effects can interact with real objects.


Can you use HoloLamp with a friend?

HoloLamp is a one-to-one experience, but it is easy to switch between users, and other viewers can see enough to discuss what they are seeing to the person seeing the effect.


Who will benefit from HoloLamp?

HoloLamp can be used for architecture, smart home, gaming, museums, education, avatar communication, sport broadcasting the art community and much, much more. The demos available already include a 3D visualization tool for architects and designers, a 3D virtual assistant connected to Cortana, and some games.

 


I’m a developer. How can I use HoloLamp?

Developers around the world can download the software development kit in Unity to design various use cases compatible with HoloLamp. We encourage you to experiment as the possible use cases are endless. The only limit is your imagination.


How can I order a HoloLamp?

HoloLamp will be available for pre-orders soon. Sign up to receive updates on our website: Sign-up section


Is HoloLamp available internationally?

Yes, it will be available for international shipping.