World's first holographic flexible, glasses-free smartphone developed - Watch!

Researchers at the Queen's University Human Media Lab, Ontario have created what they claim is the "world's first holographic flexible smartphone" display.

Updated: May 09, 2016, 14:44 PM IST
World's first holographic flexible, glasses-free smartphone developed - Watch!
Image credit: Human Media Lab

New Delhi: Technological advances have dramatically transformed our lives. Yet, with the never-ending change to technology, over the next decade we might see a slew of new products that we hardly imagine today.

Researchers at the Queen's University Human Media Lab, Ontario, have created what they claim is the "world's first holographic flexible smartphone" display. Called the HoloFlex, the display is capable of rendering 3D images with motion parallax and stereoscopy to multiple simultaneous users without head tracking or glasses.

“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.” says Dr Roel Vertegaal, Professor of HCI at Queen’s School of Computing and director of the Human Media Lab.

Video credit: Human Media Lab/YouTube

The device features a 1920x1080 full high-definition Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (FOLED) touchscreen display.

“Images are rendered into 12-pixel wide circular blocks rendering the full view of the 3D object from a particular viewpoint. These pixel blocks project through a 3D printed flexible microlens array consisting of over 16,000 fisheye lenses. The resulting 160 x 104 resolution image allows users to inspect a 3D object from any angle simply by rotating the phone,” adds a press release from Human Media Lab.