The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office recently published a patent application from Samsung that reveals a smartphone which is capable of displaying a hologram and/or holographic icons.
The mobile device includes a main body including a screen; a light guide member disposed above the screen; an entrance optical member disposed on a surface of the light guide member; and an image hologram disposed on a surface of the light guide member which is laterally spaced apart from the entrance optical member. When an area of the screen corresponding to the entrance optical member emits a light, a holographic image stored in the image hologram is displayed above the light guide member.
Samsung's patent FIG. 3 is a perspective view illustrating a mobile device capable of displaying a hologram according to an exemplary embodiment, and FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view illustrating the mobile device capable of displaying a hologram of FIG.
Samsung's patent FIG. 11 is a perspective view conceptually illustrating a mobile device capable of selectively displaying one of a plurality of holographic images according to an exemplary embodiment.
Samsung filed their U.S. patent application back in Q3 2014. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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