A flexible holographic smartphone with a light field lens array and a P-OLED Touchscreen display
- Stereoscopic images with motion parallax without any need of special glasses
- HoloFlex features a touch screen with 3D (x-y-z) axis input
CRB Tech has come across a new update that a flexible smartphone is the promise of the future which would enable 3D video calling and games.
Smartphones haven’t actually changed in the last few years; only they’re faster with high resolution and some developed features; but the core technology has remained the same.
Currently the real buzz is all about the speculations whether the next iPhone will come with a headphone jack , but when it comes to the future of phones, more exciting changes are happening.
The HoloFlex is the invention of researchers at Queen’s University Human Media Lab in Australia. They showed off Holoflex, a holographic, flexible phone with an OLED display would add a breath of life into the future of smartphones. It features a high-definition Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (FOLED) touchscreen display that allows 3D images to be viewed from any angle.
In order to make the hologram work, the phone’s display is covered by more than 16,000 fish-eye lenses that bend light from the screen, like projecting the image through a glass ball. As the viewing angle changes, the curvature of each lens shows a different portion of the image, giving the impression of a hologram.
Though the underlying screen is 1920×1080 pixels, the final resolution is 160×104. That resolution is more than enough to be a proof of concept for tasks like video calling or playing simple 3D games. Then, one can play angry birds games in 3D mode.
The phone yet retains the standard Android phone specifications, with a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and 2 GB of memory.
This technology certainly won’t be in smartphones of this decade, but in terms of promising future technologies, the Holoflex will be presented at ACM CHI 2016 on May 9.
Professor Roel Vertegaal, director of the Human Media Lab, said that HoloFlex offers a completely new way of interacting with smartphone.He added that it allows for glasses-free interactions with 3D video and images in a way that does not encumber the user.
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