Forget the Glasses. Use Your Smartphone to Beam 3D Images and Videos.

By: | June 29th, 2014

Holographic projections from cell phones are likely to be a reality soon. California-based startup Ostendo Technologies has created the world’s first hologram projector chip. This chip will allow your smartphone to project 3D holograms into the thin air without needing to wear those boring 3D glasses.

The chipset, small enough to fit into a smartphone, is capable of projecting videos on a 48-inch diagonal surface. The chip could be ready for manufacturing next year.

A set of chips laid together can form larger and complex images

The Ostendo Quantum Photonic Imager combines an image processor with a wafer containing micro light-emitting diodes or LEDs. The system can control the color, brightness and angle of more than a million individual beams of light.

The chip’s capabilities lie in its resolution

Ostendo system can put together 3D images with 5000 pixels per inch compared around 300 pixels per inch by Apple’s Retina display.

Ostendo plans to launch the 2D version next year but with funding assistance from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Ostend is all set to launch next version with holographic capability in year 2016.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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