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October Workshop - Design + Develop for Holographic Displays
Come and learn how to develop for holographic display with Looking Glass Factory ( CTO Alex Hornstein. Whether you're an architect, a scientist with interesting data, an illustrator or a game developer, come and learn how to develop for Looking Glass Factory's holographic display. There are a limited number of spots due to the availability of holographic displays to share. To get the most out of the laptop, please have a laptop available. You'll be sent instructions on pre-requisite installations such as Unity. More about Looking Glass Factory: Four years ago, Alex Hornstein and Shawn Frayne co-founded their startup Looking Glass Factory ( to take holograms out of the realm of science fiction and into reality. This is the story of the struggle of bringing a technology out of science fiction and into the real world. It’s a glimpse into how fiction shapes our vision of the future, and how technology can, in turn, affect the stories we imagine about ourselves and the machines that are interwoven with our lives. The unlikely story of Looking Glass spreads from an industrial building in Hong Kong and roams around in the world in an unlikely and delightful way, dancing between Hollywood producers and Chinese factories to underwater photographers in Ecuador and indie game developers in Tokyo. So come on over to the Pawtucket R&D lab and step onto a guided tour through four years of rapid-fire invention, play with the latest interactive holograms, and savor a taste of the holographic future. About Alex Hornstein Alex Hornstein had two role models growing up: Thomas Edison and Indiana Jones. Invention and adventure felt like a prescription for a life worth living, so he got to work. Alex patented his first invention, a distributed solar concentrator, before he was twenty, and decided that he liked the process of inventing a technology and fighting to get it out into the world. He spent the next decade traveling around the world, working on inventions from 3D printing to rural solar electrification, with a brief foray into a toothbrush that brushes all your teeth in two seconds. Four years ago, Alex and his friend Shawn started a company called Looking Glass to pursue a childhood fascination with the holograms they grew up seeing in movies, and to try to bring that fiction to life. The story’s not over yet! When Alex isn’t in the lab, you can find him on a motorcycle, in the middle of nowhere or at the bottom of the ocean, but always with his wife Hannah and their daughter, Lumen. These events are being recorded and photographed. By attending, you give your consent to be photographed, filmed, taped, and/or recorded. About Rhode Island Virtual Reality Meetups Come as you are. We gather to learn and connect with each other, invent and make stuff. There will be coffee and snacks. These workshops are open to the public. However, there are a limited number of spots for this event. Do sign up now to reserve your spot! If the event is full, I'm hoping meetup has a waitlist functionality. If not, please message your interest in the event discussion. Thank you!

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    Rhode Island has a concentration of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) practitioners doing innovative research, design, and development across nearly all of the key sectors of these new industries.

    In addition, our colleges and universities are producing graduates who are trained in all the fields pertinent to VR/AR, providing workforce for companies who wish to grow or build their business in Rhode Island.

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