Your iPhone Already Sort Of Has A 3D Display

A three-dimensional projection display is always one of those features teased in the least believable "next iPhone" leaks, but it turns out your phone already has one, sort of. With a couple of prisms and an optical illusion called "pepper's ghost", just about any screen can summon up 3D graphics.

This little trick was devised by Japanese designer Yuri Endo for his thesis project. Called the "Luminogeist", the set of four prisms can effectively take images off the screen of an iPhone (or any device, really), bounce them around, and merge them to generate what appears to be a tiny, floating animation.

There's not much of a practical purpose for it other than being awesome, but honestly, what better reason is there than awesome? It's just too bad these sets aren't for sale. At least not yet. Hint hint nudge nudge.




    Why did you have to add the 'i' at the front of 'phone' in the headline when it clearly works with almost any screen. Why pander to just one sub-group, and a diminishing one at that, when you could target a generic and much larger viewership?

      Did you forget your reading iGizmodo again?

        At least it ins't as bad as Engadget got.
        Incidentally, I think GizAU editors do a fairly good job of remaining level headed.

        On topic, I wonder if this could be used for 3D video calling at some point in the future...
        Probably not practical if you need large prisms and a big horizontal display, but hey - failing that, it may suitable for pr0n.

      typical gizmodo. they should really just change the name of their website.

      Yeah - pissed me off a bit too .. but it is Giz and they seem to have to mention Apple in at least 95% of their articles

    I don't think it's all that amazing, and can't find any reason I would WANT to buy one if they were ever sold :s It's a good thing I use Android... Herp.

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