A new 3D technology aims to give mobile devices the power to display holographic images and video.
BARCELONA, Spain –– “Help me, Obi-wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”
Ever since R2-D2 beamed out a tiny hologram of Princess Leia in Star Wars, 3D projection has been a pop culture mainstay and the dream of many a techie.
If one company has its way, your next smartphone, tablet, or smartwatch could be just as capable as everyone’s favorite droid.
Silicon Valley-based company Leia (yes, like the princess) is developing a technology that gives any LCD display the ability to generate 3D holographic images. It showed off a public prototype of its screens for the first time at Mobile World Congress.
While Leia’s holographs won’t be projected like the hologram of Leia in Star Wars, they will offer a true sense of depth and be viewable from up to 64 different angles without any special glasses. A 3D movie, on the other hand, can only be seen from one angle.
Fattal’s company, appropriately named Leia, recently demonstrated a prototype of its display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
As an example of what the tech can do, you’ll be able to open Google Maps on your smartphone, zoom in on the Empire State Building, and move your head around it to see every side of the tower in 3D, as if it’s actually right in front of you.
Similarly, you and your friend could be looking at the same image, but if you’re standing in front of it, you’ll only see its front, while your friend standing on your right will only see the object’s right side. The possibilities are out there and this little device could put the future in your hands all from and idea conceived in the past.
For more information about Leia and the technology they utilize you can read up on it at Reuters; http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/05/us-telecoms-mwc-mobile-holograms-idUSKBN0M11QZ20150305