HoloFlex – Holographic smartphone with flexible display to be revealed at ACM CHI 2016

Holoflex smartphone

Aren’t you desperate about the upcoming ACM CHI human-computer interaction conference to be held in San Joes, starting from May 9, 2016? You should be, because the event will unveil important clues on how fast we would be using those holographic, 3D human-computer interaction displays. For instance, Android5.1-based HoloFlex – first of its kind holographic mobile device developed by a team of researchers at Queen’s University in Canada will be unveiled at the event along with many other innovative developments in this field.

Queen’s University of Human Media Lab had developed first multi-touch and wireless flexible smartphone named ReFlex that featured haptic bend input to deliver simulated experience while interacting with apps. Well, that clearly wasn’t enough.

Moreover, other fish are also targeting at fitting flexible displays in their portable electronic devices, like Samsung, who is likely to unveil its first foldable smartphone Project Valley aka, Project V in 2017.

Holographic Mobile

But HoloFlex is the beginning of dream that electronic manufactures have been waiting for to come true. The technology is just in its infancy, but it has been materialized in a mobile device finally. The phone renders 3D images with motion parallax and stereoscopy. The display looks like a floating holograph when seen by a viewer within a defined range.

Of course, this time, you won’t require special eyewear, and it’ll also allow user interaction with objects by blending the device. It’ll let you edit 3D objects, move them along x, and y axis by swiping the screen just like Tony Stark does. Similarly, the user will be able to manipulate the models in the z-axis.

Take a look at the video below, which might not look great to you yet, but eventually it’s going to rock the way humanity communicates amongst themselves, currently. The images don’t look sharp, as current version is developed to manage a resolution of just 160×104 pixels.

The objects, for instance in a game, would appear to pop off the screen on the 1080p Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (FOLED) display. Video conferencing and calling would mean being present in a hall with your 3D virtual self or being face to face in a meeting through holographic models.

So, here we are, with another step toward achieving, “Not having to get up from the couch” technology, which is actually very cool.

Source: Queens University Blog



Madan has been writing about eco-friendly gadgets and technologies for over 5 years now. He has an inclination for all things green and wonderful. He is a local social activist with a global vision. When not writing, Madan can be seen capturing the best of urban wildlife in his DSLR lens.

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