Samsung patents a smartphone capable of displaying holographic icons

Samsung patents a smartphone capable of displaying holographic icons
Patent filings often treat us to a revealing glimpse into the future, and as we await the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, Samsung may have some exciting plans in store beyond these two major new releases. 

New ideas are patented, and indeed implemented, every single year. Some, like the fingerprint sensor, seem to take off and become an integral part of the mobile experience. Others, meanwhile, are palmed off as mere gimmicks. Samsung's new filing suggests a piece of tech that seems so James Bond, that it's hard gauge its potential usefulness at consumer level. Suffice to say, it's one of the more intriguing innovations we've seen for a while. 

Filed through the USPTO (U.S. Patent & Trademark Office) and spotted by Patently Mobile, the patent explores the idea of a smartphone that can project holographic content, supplementing the user experience. The projector wouldn't beam large images as seen in Lenovo's curious invention showcased earlier this year, but rather small icons and other such effects. 

The smartphone itself would take the shape of any other handset. A separate entity, consisting of a light emission device and a further piece of material, would then be placed atop the display, and project holographic images and / or icons as depicted:

Samsung patents a smartphone capable of displaying holographic icons
It's always presumptuous to make judgement calls on patents, particularly as this one could just be an experiment. Indeed, Samsung may have no intention of bringing such a feature to market. Having said that, manufacturers are finding it increasingly difficult to one-up each other in the battle to cajole the growing market for mobile devices, and whether useful or not, this'd be a pretty cool little quirk to have in the pocket. 

Such movements are unlikely to appease those lamenting the apparent death of the microSD slot and removable battery among Samsung's elite smartphones. Nevertheless, we'd love to hear what you make of this, so be sure to have your say by dropping a comment below!



1. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014


3. AnTuTu

Posts: 1592; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

If it is Sammy, anything is possible. Take a bow..

7. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Still on USB2 :-))

8. Aploine

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Looks like a gimmicky fold/flip case/add-on

9. AnTuTu

Posts: 1592; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

That's what people said when they released the curved display phones. Try to appreciate new tech if you really are into technology rather than being a butthurt and talking crap.

14. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Its begins. Awaiting the Star Trek Holodek. Come on VR and Holo Lens!!!

2. Roshi unregistered


4. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Welcome to year 3000

5. Carlitos

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

The result of billions of dollars in R&D . Technology keeps amazing me on how fast it evolves

10. AnTuTu

Posts: 1592; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

And this is the only company which invests a lot into R&D as compare to any other company on planet earth.

6. Subie

Posts: 2295; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I'd like to see a demo before I'd get excited about this.

11. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Samsung makes another phone even more power-hungry but don't be surprised if they yet again shrink and seal the battery. Shaking. My. Head.

13. antman

Posts: 2; Member since: May 26, 2015

lol don't you know that Samsung also multiplies their battery efficiency tech year after year? This year alone, they developed new tech that puts more power in less space. They also develop stretchable, foldable batteries, faster charging batteries. To make those batteries more efficient, Samsung develops more robust processors, system on chips, ePoP technology, also reducing heat. To store all the new, detailed next generation content, samsung is breaking the Moore's Law and the boundaries of SSD drive capabilities, and then new breakthroughs in DRAM's and Wireless speed technology 100x faster than what we have now. Then to utilize all that power, they are developing 11K displays and foldable/rollable displays and VR/AR gear and holograms and 3D effects. And to make this easy to use at all times they're packing all the tech inside smartwatches and headsets and smart glasses and also blowing it up in 100+ inch smart TV's with OLED technology. And then Samsung is working to integrate all the devices, including TV's phones, tablets, lap tops, watches, glasses, smart windows, smart mirrors, smart fridges, smart washing machines, smart cars all into one seamless network. And that's just the consumer facing sector. We are completely disregarding their coming drone technology, smart shipping liners, smart factories, smart cities, smart energy grid networks, security platforms, smart tele-medical facilities, solar powered internet schools, educational platforms. They come up with new, revolutionary tech month after month and have more employees than Microsoft, Apple, and Google combined and you're shaking your head over freaking battery? *shakes head* Tl;dr Samsung already develops battery tech. In fact, their battery technology development rate is second to none (maybe LG). And then a bunch of other stuff.

12. Djz89

Posts: 437; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Fancy, it will probably have a 5 min battery life while projecting :D

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