Earlier this year the world was introduced to the Red Hydrogen One – the world’s first first holographic phone display that didn’t require 3D glasses or a specific viewing angle.
It seems that Samsung is stepping this up a notch (I’m sorry) by filing a patent for a “hologram reproducing apparatus” that can “emit a write beam corresponding to the hologram pattern.”
In other words – it would have the ability to project a 3D hologram, just like R2-D2.
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While thousands of tech patents never go into devlopment, this is still quite exciting. Who doesn’t want a Star Wars phone?
It also isn’t the first time Samsung has mentioned holographic displays in a patent – though this one goes into far more detail.
The patent was filed earlier this year with the World Intellectual Property Office and published at the end of November.
The device will apparently project a 3D image into the air through a relay lens that contains several microlens units. The lens itself will contain a new kind of spatial light modulator and filter that ensure accurate image reproduction.
Even if Samsung is seriously working on executing this technology, we are unlikely to see it in our every phones anytime soon. While the Red Hydrogen One does have a holographic display – it’s only on-screen and doesn’t project, much like the Nintendo 3DS.
Even when it comes 3D tech outside the confines of mobile devices, such as the Microsoft Hololens, they generally required a cumbersome headset or 3D glasses.
Interestingly, 2018 has been quite the year for holograms.
Electrical engineer Daniel Smalley also managed to recreate the holographic 3D messaging system. A man after our own heart, he was inspired by Star Wars and named the project after Princess Leia.