Analogies to science fiction are often rolled out when talking about the latest smartphone technology, and not unfairly considering the innovations that continue to appear from the industry.
So it’s time to draw another one, as a Texas-based firm called Imagination Farm has created a gadget that allows you to use your smartphone to show 3D holographic images, just like the ones featured in Star Wars.
Known as Holho, the way in which it works is impressively simple, with the pyramid shaped device sitting on top of your handset’s display. Consisting of four mirrors, it breaks down an image shown on screen into the same number of parts and the reflections then create the holographic illusion.
Images can also move around, creating effects such as swimming fish and a rotating globe. Many of the graphics come pre-installed on an app which accompanies the gadget, but Imagination Farm says that users will be able to create their own holograms.
The project is still in the development stage and won’t be going to market just yet, but if it gains enough traction we could all be showing off little 3D images to each other in the near future.
So is this the first time that a consumer gadget has emerged as a real life fulfilment of something predicted in a sci-fi film? Not at all, as there have been several examples of this in the past.
iPads in 2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick’s 1969 classic features a now famous scene that sees two characters using devices that look very similar to the iPad’s launched by Apple around 40 years later.
Body Scanners in Total Recall
Arnold Schwarzeneger’s star turn in Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 film features full body scanners aimed at picking out anyone carrying a weapon, similar to those that have recently appeared in some airports and railway stations.
Personalised Advertising in Minority Report
A more recent example sees Tom Cruise walking through a shopping centre as the walls around him display adverts aimed to suit his tastes, much like Google’s ad tracking that follows you around online.