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World’s first holographic flexible smartphone

Scientists claim to have developed the world’s first holographic flexible smartphone that lets users interact with 3D videos and images without any headgear or glasses. They have named the device HoloFlex. It is capable of rendering 3D images with motion parallax and stereoscopy to multiple simultaneous users without head tracking  or glasses.

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HoloFlex offers a completely new way of interacting with a smartphone (Image courtesy: http://naked-science.ru)

HoloFlex features a 1920×1080 full-high-definition flexible organic light emitting diode (FOLED) touchscreen display. Images are rendered into 12-pixel-wide circular blocks showing the full view of the 3D object from a particular viewpoint. These pixel blocks project through a 3D-printed flexible micro-lens array consisting of more than 16,000 fisheye lenses. The resulting 160×104 resolution image allows users to inspect a 3D object from any angle simply by rotating the phone.

Among other applications of HoloFlex is holographic gaming. For example, in a game like Angry Birds, users can bend the side of the display to pull the elastic rubber band that propels the bird. When the bird flies across the screen, the holographic display makes the bird literally pop out of the screen in 3D.

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