New smartphone chip to beam 3D holograms

Jun 08 2014, 14:44 IST
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A US-based startup has created a chip that will allow your smartphone to project 3D holograms into thin-air. A US-based startup has created a chip that will allow your smartphone to project 3D holograms into thin-air.
SummaryA US-based startup has created a chip that will allow your smartphone to project 3D holograms into thin-air.

A US-based startup has created a chip that will allow your smartphone to project 3D holograms into thin-air.

The company, called Ostendo, in California has created the hologram projector chip which is small enough for smartphones.

The Tic-Tac-sized chip should be ready for manufacturing next year.

The Ostendo Quantum Photonic Imager combines an image processor with a wafer containing radically miniaturised light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

The system can control the colour, brightness and angle of more than a million individual beams of light, according to 'Discovery News'.

One chipset, small enough to fit into a smartphone, is capable of projecting video on a surface with a 48-inch diagonal.

The first iteration of the chip will only project 2-D videos, but the next version, expected to follow soon after will feature holographic capability, Ostendo's chief executive and founder, Hussein S El-Ghoroury told the Wall Street Journal.

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