– Sci-fi media creates a smartphone called holoflex.
– The smartphone includes a flexible body and holographic display.
Sci-fi media creates a smartphone called holoflex
Gadgets seem to have a future that is filled with flexible and holographic technology if what sci-fi movies and other tech gurus in science and technology laboratories who are much involved in shaping the future of gadgets can be believed.
Sci-fi Tech HoloFlex Smartphone
Earlier today, it was reported that researchers at Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab have created what they call the world’s first flexible holographic smartphone that includes a flexible body and holographic display. The Android-based smartphone prototype is called the HoloFlex.
When the HoloFlex is bent, the full HD (1,920 x 1,080) touchscreen is capable of displaying a glasses-free 3D image. It has a bend sensor inside which allows users to manipulate objects on the z-axis, adding three-dimensional depth input.
In a statement issued by Dr. Vertegaal, one of the researchers involved with the project said, “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.”
There are several useful use cases for bendable holographic technology. A user has the ability to maneuver a handle and re-order or position it on a 3D model of a teapot. Other uses include bending the screen to control Angry Birds and using the phone’s depth camera to initiate a holographic video conference.
Dr. Vertegaal further said, “When bending the display users literally pop out of the screen and can even look around each other, with their faces rendered correctly from any angle to any onlooker.”
The specs of the phone is quite commendable as it has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and 2GB of RAM.
As amazing as it is, it has a particular problem that you would not expect of a modern smartphone of its type. Even though you are looking at a 1080p display, what you end up with after it has been fed through HoloFlex’s lenses is a 160 x 104 pixel display.
The HoloFlex is still a prototype, but even so, it’s already showing promise. Maybe a Star Wars-like reality filled with paper-thin, hologram-projecting devices is what the future of smartphones will look like after all.