This Is What A Holographic iPhone Might Look Like

Apple has filed a patent for a holographic touch-screen display. Here’s an amazing rendering of it for the iPhone.

Lasers. Infrared sensors. Parabolic mirror assemblies. These are the technologies that could allow iPhones of the future to project holograms from 3-D screens, according to a new Apple patent application.

Now, whether or not Apple will actually make such a device, no one knows. It’s perfectly common for the company to patent technologies that don't make their way into finished products.

But what would a holographic iPhone display look like, we wondered. And that’s when we found this fantastic little concept video by Mike Ko, who has created animations for companies such as Google, Nike, Toyota, and NASCAR.

The short clip, called Diorama, simulates what it might look like if images left the iPhone screen and floated in the air. It’s cute on its own, but just imagine reaching in and moving those tiny cars around by hand—maybe even changing their tiny tires and honking their tiny horns, and unintentionally causing a tiny accident that makes you feel a tiny bit guilty for ruining the tiny lives of a tiny family.

The future is amazing.

[Hat tip: Techcrunch]

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  • Amanda Appiarius

    omg, the day I can own a tiny horse and brush it with a tiny brush and feed it tiny hay.... (or maybe a dragon would be more fun)

  • J. Miller Adam

    Imagine how much better that animation would have been if the artist had just bothered to put his camera (iPhone probably) on a tripod – All that work and the camera can't hold still!

  • I'd say that's a concious choice, to make the video more real/natural, as if we are there looking at it. You don't put your head on a tripod. And animating like this is actually harder.

  • headdesk

    That diagram looks exactly like doodads I've seen in Brookstone for years, usually with a tiny plastic pig sitting at the bottom of the bowl and projected above. My point is not prior art, because clearly an interface is different from a projected toy. My point is that this design is dependent on mirrors and focal lengths and thus has very strict physical size limitations - projecting a larger distance from the screen requires a larger apparatus.

    Further, a "published" patent is by no means a "granted" patent. As usual, the article is more accurate than the (in this case sub-) headline. "Apple has a patent" is just not true.