Holograms and 48" projection to become reality on phones in 2015, thanks to new bite-sized chips

Holograms and 48
Holograms. Together with flying cars and teleportation, they were the biggest disappointment of sci-fi movies and novels' promises for this generation. Watching the likes of Star Trek, everyone assumed that this stuff will materialize in their lifetime, and by now we'll either be flying a few feet above the ground while going on a burrito run, or straight out get our atoms and molecules disassembled, and then collected again in no time straight in front of the Taco Bell queue. Communication, we thought, would be done via lifelike images of ourselves, and no one will have to travel for conferences any more.

Alas, the hologram thingy still requires bulky projector and mirror systems, and we seem stuck forever with the flat screens of our phones, be they 5.5" Quad HD ones, like on the LG G3. Until now. A California startup, named Ostendo Technologies, has spent almost a decade developing a miniaturized holographic system, whose chip is so small, that it can fit in a smartphone. Their first prototype can beam 2D video on a 48" surface, and the chip is able to control one million pixels individually in terms of beaming angle, color and contrast.

The next iteration of Ostendo's technology will bring the real 3D holographic experience. Called Ostendo Quantum Photonic Imager, the invention features an image processors, controlling every pixel of an adjacent LED wafer. Six such chipsets were used to beam a 3D demo of a rolling dice, whose display was equally visible from each viewer position, unlike current complex holograms whose quality depends on the viewing angle.

The kicker is that Ostendo's Quantum Photonic Imager is able to perfect an image with a very high resolution, compared to conventional methods, too. The projected image was floating with the power of 5000dpi, which is no laughing matter, and Ostendo's chief mentioned that the 3D-capable chip will be in the hands of customer in H2 of 2015, at $30 a pop.


As for the 2D projector, it can be equipped into phones as soon as next summer, as its size with the lens attached is roughly the size of the current iPhone camera. The next leg is tablets and smartwatches that project holographic images, as well as glasses-free 3D TV sets. For now, Ostendo is aiming to make the pixels even smaller, so it can achieve higher resolutions.

"Display is the last frontier," said Dr. El-Ghoroury, Ostendo's founder. "Over the years, processing power has improved and networks have more bandwidth, but what is missing is comparable advancement in displays... Imagine if everything coming back to you was in 3-D—all of your shopping, all of your gaming, every way you retrieve data." Yes, imagine that, and it will come very handy just in time before someone decides that a 4K smartphone display is what all users are jonesing for.

source: WSJ

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14 Comments

1. Peeyushmalik96

Posts: 75; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

O.K. great but still cant we see a breakthrough in battery technology in near future....

9. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

11. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Ok, i understand these battery charge faster, but am looking more for a battery that actualy last longer and i didnt get that from that BBC article..

12. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

ehm Graphene battery?

13. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

U spoke right buddy, dats what we want!!

2. AtheK

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

what resolution is the display.

3. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

After that whole iOS 8 sheebang, you finaly giving us ground breaking innovation.. Didnt even realise that was someone hand on the last pic!! Hope it doesnt abuse the battery..

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Great ideas for modules for project Ara. This kind of unique tech could really push modular phones.

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1925; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

We all know this will take porn watching to the next level.

7. express77 unregistered

LOL. Innovation in porn.

6. express77 unregistered

Now that's innovation. But waiting for new advanced and battery tech and next generation of microprocessor.

8. pixel8or

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

If the display is the last frontier, then getting the information to display in your brain, without involving one's optic nerve is the final frontier. Imagine that for the blind...

10. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Will that be possible?? That will open whole lot of possibilities... interrupting others dreams would be fun....

14. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

That's like a whole new level of virtual reality......that's some total recall stuff right there

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