Apple Patent Reveals ‘Pseudo-Holographic’ Display

Hopefully it’s not as rubbish as this was

It’s bare bones Monday, amigos. Most normal people have taken this week off, and snow has crippled the entire north-east of the U.S. It’s chaos! So let’s transition to an Apple story. Jobs’ mighty company has recently filed for a patent for a device that would display images holographically and without the need for glasses. This could be good, or it could be just one of the 8 zillion patents big companies like Apple file for all the time.

The patent thinks highly of itself:

An exceptional aspect of the invention is that it can produce viewing experiences that are virtually indistinguishable from viewing a true hologram. Such a “pseudo-holographic” image is a direct result of the ability to track and respond to observer movements. By tracking movements of the eye locations of the observer, the left and right 3D sub-images are adjusted in response to the tracked eye movements to produce images that mimic a real hologram. The invention can accordingly continuously project a 3D image to the observer that recreates the actual viewing experience that the observer would have when moving in space around and in the vicinity of various virtual objects displayed therein. This is the same experiential viewing effect that is afforded by a hologram.

Well that sounds exciting!

So I guess it’s not “merely” something like the 3DS‘ screen, but a little more.

But again: companies file for patents all the time, and just because Apple has filed for this doesn’t necessarily mean Jonathan Ive & Co. are trying to designed a sleek plastic shell to surround the display. It could just be Apple’s engineers “thinking out loud,” as it were. Remember: just because a company files for a patent doesn’t mean the things actual works as described.