Engadget.com reports that researchers at the Queen’s University Human Media Lab in Ontario have developed what they claim is the “world’s first holographic flexible smartphone” display. Dubbed the HoloFlex, the display uses an array of tiny lenses overlaid onto one flexible 1,920 x 1,080 HD OLED screen and allows multiple people to simultaneously view 3D images without the need for clunky glasses, complex projectors or individual head tracking.
To achieve the effect, that full-HD display is actually broken up into 16,000 12-pixel circles, each one with its own tiny fisheye lens rendering a slightly different view of the 3D object on the screen. While the final result is a mere 160 x 104 resolution, the 3D image can be viewed from nearly any angle. As Gizmodo points out, that resolution will naturally improve as pixel densities and manufacturing processes get smaller and more precise.