Smartphones keep getting cleverer, but their screens stay the same size. How do you solve a problem like that? Well, one company thinks holograms might be the answer.
Ostendo Technologies from
The lens is about the size of the nail on a little finger and can project a 48-inch video on to any surface.
Ostendo says it plans to roll out 2D-capable units in the first half of next year before following up with 3D models later in the year.
Ostendo founder Huseein S El-Ghoroury told the
"Over the years, processing power has improved and networks have more bandwidth, but what is missing is comparable display advances," said El-Ghoroury.
His company has received
The key to making Ostendo's projectors work is the resolution. Science and tech site Phys reported the company's chips can tweak the colour, brightness and angle of beams of light "across a million pixels", while the
In a demonstration, six of the chips selling at
If these 3D projectors can be manufactured at scale and slotted into smartphones for a reasonable price, they could be the next big thing, but figuring out when and how to use them is tricky.
For a start, hologram video calls in the style of Star Wars would be possible only if the person at the other end had a device capable of capturing 3D imagery.
And when it comes to more normal smartphone activities (browsing e-mail or looking through
Despite this, it seems 3D imagery is going to be become more common.
The question is: will we take these devices seriously? - The Independent
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