This flexible, holographic smartphone could be your next option

This flexible, holographic smartphone could be your next option

You may have tested several Androids and iPhones but when it comes to the future, a new concept has just emerged that appears to be completely different from all the existing smartphone models that you owned so far. It’s none other than a flexible, holographic smartphone.

Although vendors like LG and Samsung brought theirĀ bending modelsĀ in the past, a group of researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston have developed the first-ever holographic smartphone — called HoloFlex — that not just has a flexible design but comes with an intrinsic capability to render 3D images. It can generate 3D content with motion parallax and stereoscopy to deliver you an advanced experience even without any head tracking or glasses.

HoloFlex flexible, holographic smartphone

HoloFlex — the world’s first flexible, holographic smartphone

“HoloFlex offers a completely new way of interacting with your smartphone,” says Dr. Vertegaal of the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University. “It allows for glasses-free interactions with 3D video and images in a way that does not encumber the user.”

The smartphone sports a 1920 x 1080 pixels (full-HD) Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (FOLED) display. It renders images into 12-pixel wide circular blocks that ultimately create a full view of the 3D object from a certain viewpoint. Also, there is a 3D printed flexible microlens array with over 16,000 fisheye lenses to develop content in inferior 160 x 104 pixels resolution.

Unlike other flexible smartphone options, HoloFlex comes equipped with a special sensor that lets you bend its screen to move objects along the z-axis of the display. This hardware tweak opens a field for holographic apps and games.

The Human Media Lab has brought an app that allows you to edit 3D models for goals like 3D printing. You can also play games like Angry Birds and pull the catapult by bending the side of the display.

Under the hood, the holographic HoloFlex has a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset with an octa-core CPU and 2GB of RAM. The smartphone runs on Android 5.1 operating system to easily enable app development.

Researchers have not yet revealed the price and availability of HoloFlex. However, it will be unveiled at Human-Computer Interaction, ACM CHI 2016 in San Jose, California on May 9.

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