In a video detailing the Lumii printer, the company’s co-founder and CEO Tom Baran describes the tool’s ability to produce multi-faceted snapshots: “When you print the patterns and layer them on top of one another, you get a 3D effect… And it’s a full parallax image, so that means you can look at it horizontally and turn your head and you’ll look at it vertically and still see the 3D effect.”
Lumii presented its unique tool at the 2016 Siggraph, a conference showcasing cutting-edge technology, where it cajoled volunteers intro 3D-scanning their faces to produce Polaroid-esque souvenirs.
The company describes the creations as light-field hologram selfies, and the video footage easily depicts the 3D aspect of the creations: each frozen human visage seems to pop forth from its flat background.
A notable feature of the Lumii technology is the use of run-of-the-mill inkjet printers to produce the eye-popping images. The surreal experience of watching a 3D image printed onto a two-dimensional piece of paper is something that just seems akin to magic.
“We think there are an awful lot of applications... in the consumer space, there is a lot of different applications. We’re really excited about the DIY market...You can take a 3D model and put it into our service and then [in] the comfort of your own home, you can create these Lumii light-filled prints.”
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