Some impressive technology is on its way to your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device. In the next year, tech companies say you can expect to see realistic 3D images on your screens.Two-Hundred GB microSD cards have already been unveiled. Perhaps most amazing of all, one company says that holographic images are on the way in the near future.
Remember when data was stored on an eight-inch floppy disk, and some of your computer games required more than one to hold all the data? Now a memory card smaller than your thumbnail can hold more information than a box full of those disks, and they’re only getting bigger. Or smaller. Well, the memory cards are getting smaller, and the capacities larger. It’s already realistic, even normal, to pick up a 16 or 32 gig card to expand the memory in your mobile device. Now imagine multiplying that by more than six times.
That’s what SanDisk has done — according to a press release. They’ve unveiled a 200GB microSD card. It’s the highest capacity microSD released to date, and for many users, will mean multiplying the capacity of their mobile device several times over.
Then there’s the innovation from a start-up called Leia. According to the MIT Technology Review, the company’s creator, David Fattel, has some very big ideas in image technology for mobile devices.
First, he says that his company has already created a display that will allow mobile devices to display 3D images clearly. If you’re thinking, hey, Nintendo did that already, back up and think again. Unlike the stereoscopic 3D capabilities of the 3DS system, Fattel says his display will allow a mobile device to display a 3D image that can be seen from 64 different viewpoints.
And 3D is only the beginning for Leia though. Fattal says it is essentially hologram technology, and involves 64 precisely placed cameras, a bit of a bulky setup for video chats, and the video end isn’t yet doable with a mobile device. It’s also still only functional within a relatively small visual arc.
However, Fattel thinks it’s a step on the road to holograms more in keeping with the one associated with his company’s namesake, Princess Leia — ones that are visible from all sides. Fattel says you can expect them on your mobile device in the not-so-distant future.
Add to this recent mobile apps that may be able to detect melanoma, seizures, and more, and it’s clear that your mobile device is only becoming more central to your life.
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