Last month, I travelled to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario to check out the ReFlex flexible smartphone. Dubbed by the world’s first full-colour, high-resolution flexible smartphone by the university’s Human Media Lab, it was raw but impressive.
The same innovation lab at Queen’s has gone one step further and announced “HoloFlex,” which it’s billing as the “world’s first flexible lightfield-enabled smartphone.” Put in simple terms, HoloFlex is a holographic, flexible smartphone that can “project princess Leia into the palm of your hand.”
HoloFlex runs Android 5.1, and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 2 GB of memory, an Adreno 430 GPU that supports OpenGL 3.1. The device has a 1920×1080 full ND Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (FOLED) touchscreen display that has the ability to render 3D images. The researchers showed off HoloFlex by playing Angry Birds with it.
“HoloFlex offers a completely new way of interacting with your smartphone. It allows for glasses-free interactions with 3D video and images in a way that does not encumber the user,” says Dr. Vertegaal. “By employing a depth camera, users can also perform holographic video conferences with one another. When bending the display users literally pop out of the screen and can even look around each other, with their faces rendered correctly from any angle to any onlooker.”
As with the team’s other smartphone, the HoloFlex is currently only a prototype.
Related: Hands-on with ReFlex
Source: Queen’s University