This Is The Coolest Augmented Reality Idea Yet For Using Your Smartphone

For years, smartphone manufacturers have been trying to get you to use your phone without pulling it out of your pocket. Tried, and failed. But forget smartwatches. Forget smartphones, even. This is the coolest way of using your phone you'll ever see, it and it comes straight out of the incredible Meta Smart Glasses.

Imagine using your full-sized phone without using it at all. That's the idea that has come out of Meta's big ideas competition for the augmented reality glasses.

Basically, instead of pulling your phone out of your pocket or looking at a tiny "smart" watch to get your information, the Meta Smart Glasses you're wearing on your face just projects a holographic representation of the phone you have into your hand as you look down, before then allowing you to interact with it.

Here's the idea by user people9:

Smartphones have become an intricate part of our daily lives. For some of us, if we had to chose only one thing to take with us it is our phone.
Bluetooth technology has given us the technology to leave our phone in our pockets while still sending messages and calling. How about we take this one step further. Leave the phone in your pocket like you do with your bluetooth, BUT still be able to see it.
Whether you have an iPhone or Android, have an app on your phone that projects your phones UI to a holographic replica in you hand. Use it like you would your normal phone, text, call, etc... A holographic phone cant be scratched, lost, or stolen. Your phone's screen being off in your pocket will also improve battery life.

You can vote in the comp for the Meta big ideas, but most regardless, engineers now have these great ideas and can hopefully start doing something with them.



    As if you wouldn't get enough weird looks by wearing those glasses, you're going to go around texting on an invisible phone. Cool concept though.

    2009 TED Talk about Sixthsense Technology had wearable projector with interactive capability. Projected calculator or dial pad onto hand. This appears to be a direct development of that technology.

      The neckworn projector+camera with interactive capability was invented in 1998 [1] and was called "Synthetic Synesthesia of the Sixth Sense" [2][3], sometimes abbreviated "Sixth Sense" as the wearable computer endows us with an additional "Sixth Sense".
      [2] "Cyborg: Digital Destiny and Human Possibility in the Age of the Wearable Computer", Steve Mann with Hal Niedzviecki, ISBN 0385658257 (Hardcover), Random House Inc, 304 pages, 2001.
      [3] An Anatomy of the New Bionic Senses [Hardcover], by James Geary, 2002, 214pp

    "Your phone’s screen being off in your pocket will also improve battery life."

    But still waste away powering the holographic projection which arguably may take up more battery life being a "yet undiscovered" technology

      Click the link in the article to Meta Smart Glasses:

      It's not a hologram as such. It's an augmented reality application that makes it appear that there is a phone in your hand with an image on the glasses HUD, overlaid on your hand(s).

      Last edited 02/10/13 3:11 pm

    So even the hologram iPhone has heaps of scratches on the face - at least its realistic so far

    They'll need to display virtual glasses on everyone around you so that you won't feel like such a dork wearing them.

    Isn't this basically just skeuomorphism? Why project an image of your phone with interface when you can just project an interface - preferably one that's better suited to the technology?

    Why does it have to project onto your hand, why can't it be somewhat similar to Glass? have a VR phone in the eyepiece only? I'd imagine it'd be weird though.

    why even have a physical phone at all then? There is no need for a physical handheld phone. If smartglasses can give you a holographic interface, why couldnt the smartglasses be the phone? Perhaps this is the begining of the end for handheld phones in general.

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