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HoloFlex: Canadian Researchers Invent Bendable Phone That Displays 3D Images as Conferencing, Gaming & Design Tool

by • May 8, 2016 • No Comments

download (12)I was always a fan of photography, but decades past receiving a 35mm as I turned fourteen, I now have a child that really age myself. As I’m occupied commemorating ereally moment with an iPhone photo, this suddenly camera shy teenager not long ago asked me in a pretty irritated moment if it wouldn’t be advantageous only to live the moment pretty than bringing a picture of it. On the other hand that pretty won’t fly with most moms, it does bring up the issue of why photographs—and the act of bringing them—is so significant to us. For most, photography is a way of preserving a memory, but in bringing that picture we in addition experience the magic of creating—and keeping—an image. This allows for us to step into another reality as we are clicking away, as well as the version of returning to it whenever we select.

Currently we are all aware of how far photography has alterd, and a few may in fact say it has devolved, rendering traditional cameras obsolete and sending them almost sadly to line the shelves of secondhand stores, as they become memories in themselves. As the world of 3D becomes of additional and additional interest—and as multitudinous innovations allow us to go there additional easily—indeed we do see a new evolution in the manufacturing and viewing of images, and in fact on the smartphone. Much of this becomes integrated into 3D printing currently as well, both as innovation and as the end outcome for the user.

UntitledMany of us yet are most likely curious as to why innovation has taken us so far, yet holography has seemed to take forever in getting off the ground for additional ereallyday use. The truth is, it’s there as part of daily life, alyet you may not ponder of it—like that hologram on your new credit card with the chip, as only one tiny example. What we’ve all been appearing forward to yet, in true trekkie style, is the use of holography in very own images, and the aptitude to see things as if they were floating in the air preceding us. And now, researchers at Queen’s University in Ontario have been able-bodied to in fact translate this into the world of the smartphone, certainly giving all the big manufacturers pause.

With a Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (FOLED) screen, the Canadian researchers have been able-bodied to turn it into holograph innovation for the Android plaform. The HoloFlex smartphone accommodates viewing by multiple users at once, without any bulky accompanying headgear or kooky 3D glasses. This is realized with both stereoscopy and motion parallax, a cue regarding depth that in fact occurs of our own movements.

“HoloFlex offers a consumely new way of interacting with your smartphone. It allows for for glasses-free interactions with 3D video and images in a way that does not encumber the user,” says Dr. Roel Vertegaal, director of the Human Media Lab and leader of the research team.

According to these researchers at the The Human Media Lab (HML) at Queen’s University, this holography comes to fruition on a 1920×1080 screen, with images being seen via 12-pixel wide circular blocks. These blocks allow for a consume 3D view, projecting through a flexible microlens array that is 3D printed and holds over 16,000 fisheye lenses.


You are able-bodied to check out a 3D object only by rotating the phone and viewing the light-filled display. And an introduced effect that most likely can surprise most is the bend sensor that allows for the user to move displayed 3D objects by bending the phone. Aside of being a fun novelty that can allow us to feel technologically superb to ereallyone else, why do we require this? It should be a excellent communication and recreational tool, obviously, but it can in addition come in really handy for users who are involved in editing 3D images for 3D printing. As the touch screen allows for the users to squeeze the display and move and alter images, the world of 3D editing unquestionably takes a new turn. The HoloFlex lets the user examine their version of a wide view angle, seeing several various perspectives all at once.

“By employing a depth camera, users can in addition perform holographic video conferences with one another,” says Dr. Vertegaal. “When bending the display users literally pop out of the screen and can in fact appear around every other, with their faces rendered correctly of any angle to any onappearer.”

Gamers too should be really excited of this, and if you have an avid player in your life, kiss goodbye yet additional of that high end time with them as they are certain to become additional sidelined in fact with this tinyer screen, as elements of the game spring of the phone in 3D holographic display. Check out the video at a lower place to see an example with Angry Birds:

The phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and 2 GB of memory. The board runs Android 5.1 and comes with an Adreno 430 GPU supporting OpenGL 3.1.

To be announced currently, May 9th, at the Human-Computer Interaction conference in San Jose, the HoloFlex is certain to be an item of major interest, with research supported by both Immersion Canada Inc. and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

The Human Media Lab (HML) at Queen’s University has been responsible for most other inventions, such as:

Eye tracking sensorsEye tracking TVs and cellphonesPaperPhone, the world’s initially flexible phonePaperTab, the world’s initially flexible iPadTeleHuman, the world’s initially pseudo-holographic teleconferencing system

Dr. Vertegaal, Professor of HCI at Queen’s University’s School of Computing, is in addition director of the HML, where numerous students, both undergrad and graduate are involved. These students come of most various backgrounds, such as create, engineering, desktop science, and in fact psychology.

[Images: Human Media Lab]