First Holophones To Debut For Christmas
NEWS 10/06/2039 2:52 PM ET
First Holophones To Debut For Christmas
by Sess Rosenburg

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The new holophones bring holographic movies to any occasion.
The new year may see a lot of people phone-watching Dread and Dodge holographically.

Samsung and Apple are reportedly close to launching their first holographic phones in time for the Christmas season, in what tech observers have noted is the worst kept secret in Silicon Valley.

Apple is expected to debut its model (believed to be called the Optik I) at a signature product launch event within the week.

Samsung, according to industry insiders, will launch its offering a week later. In June, Ostconnect writer Evan Stills leaked the name of Samsung's device, which is to be called Mercurio.

Consumers have been eagerly awaiting the first holophones, which have long been seen as the logical next step in tech. The first holocomputers, sporting both holotech and a standard 2D screen, were released in 2036. However they never found favor with the public, due largely to pricing, poor quality holographic imaging, and limited display zones (usually the width and depth of the computer).

Last year, however, the first interactive holographic computers were rolled out by Samsung, Digo, and HP, with Apple following in January. Holo imaging was upgraded across the board to the new String-A standard, which delivered much higher quality imaging even in ambient light. But the interactivivity of the device proved a game changer in web design, commerce, and gaming, taking advantage of a display zone ranging from 2-3 meters wide and of similar depth.

Users' motions are detected by three-dimensional motion sensing input technology to detect movement and interaction with the hologram. Most devices use Intel's Gauge platform.

With the explosion of interactive holographic computing (IHC) the holographic gaming industry grew almost overnight and today occupies 35% of the market.

A more sensible pricing structure led to the mass adoption of holographic computing, leading many to speculate when the first holophones would debut.

You may recall that the first holoplayers were as tepidly received as their holocomputer descendants: similar concerns about pricing and image quality dogged the first player models, while Sony's embarrassing Hololight recall in 2033 raised concerns about the technology's future.

(Holography does not have a history of the smoothest rollouts.)

However, Samsung and Apple will almost certainly be ready for the critics. Expect the following:

  • Display zones immersing users in up to a 4 meter² field (scalable down to the size of the unit)
  • String-A and possibly next-generation String-Ax imaging
  • Eight hour battery life in holo mode (models will almost certainly feature flat screens)

The Optik I and Mercurio are expected to be IHC models.

Both retailers are anticipated to offer detachable skybrackets for fixing the device to a ceiling, removing the device from the display zone.

It's unknown how the devices will compete against Klumbo's new bioaccessory, Neuree, which is touted by some as a generation beyond holography as it involves sending information to and receiving it directly from the brain.

Neuree also will be released in time for Christmas.

It's believed Google will be the next company to launch a holophone, sometime early in the new year.
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