KOCHI: Ever found wearing those glasses to watch 3D imagery on TV and theatres cumbersome? A smartphone designed by researchers at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada might prove to be a crucial breakthrough. The device, called HoloFlex, features a holographic display, enabling users to view images without the aid of glasses, besides being flexible.
While traditional 3D imagery works by creating a different image for each eye, Holoflex’s display uses a number of tiny lenses dispersing light in different directions. This eliminates the need for 3D glasses and lets everyone see the image in 3D simultaneously.
The HoloFlex’s bending feature also adds to its three-dimensionality - it gives an extra dimension to users’ interactions with the objects on the phone display.
As of now, the display resolution of the phone is a mere 160x404, a far cry from the cutting-edge displays in most smartphones, and there is little indication that the prototype is likely to make it to the consumer market.
The HoloFlex uses a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 2GB memory and runs on an Android OS.