Researchers at Queen's University's Human Media Lab have developed a prototype of a holographic smartphone.
(CCM) — On Thursday, HML unveiled a first-of-its-kind, flexible, holographic smartphone called HoloFlex. This smartphone is capable of rendering 3D images without the need for 3D glasses or head tracking. "HoloFlex offers a completely new way of interacting with your smartphone. It allows for glasses-free interactions with 3D video and images in a way that does not encumber the user," explained Dr. Vertegaal, one of the researchers involved with the project. Rather than creating one image for each eye, like most 3D screens, the HoloFlex's display features a layer of tiny lenses that allows multiple users to see the 3D image at once.
In addition to its holographic capabilities, the HoloFlex's OLED display is completely flexible. Users can bend and warp the device, adding an additional element of interaction. Besides physically tapping or swiping the screen, users can use the phone's bendability to perform certain tasks. The team behind HoloFlex suggests the phone could be used for holographic gaming, and even gave an example of how this could work. "In a game such as Angry Birds, for example, users would be able to bend the side of the display to pull the elastic rubber band that propels the bird," they explained. "When the bird flies across the screen, the holographic display makes the bird literally pop out of the screen in the third dimension." HoloFlex will debut in San Jose, California on Monday, May 9th.
Photo: © iStock.