Ostendo Technologies Inc has confirmed that it is in the process of developing a 3D hologram chip, which will transform smartphones into holographic projectors.
As part of the firm's smartphone projector development process, Ostendo has initially developed a pico projector, which is a similar size to common smartphone cameras and due to be released by the summer of 2015.
The next step for the firm is to develop a practical holographic projector that can be integrated into a phone. Based on technology that is referred to as quantum photonics imaging, which has been in development by the company since 2007, the holographic chip is made up of stacked layers of laser emitting diodes and produces a pixel density of 5,000ppi.
The company plans to have the technology ready for use at the end of 2015 for a price of only $30, which is slightly less than double the price of a high quality smartphone camera.
According to Ostendo founder Dr. Hussein S. El-Ghoroury, the projector is part of the company's aim to match the advancement in display technology with the advancement in processing power achieved over recent years. He said: “Imagine if everything coming back to you was in 3D—all of your shopping, all of your gaming, every way you retrieve data."