Apple Won a Patent for a Projection Display Able to Produce 3D Holographic Images
Plans for the technology date back to 2006.
In March 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent for an autostereoscopic projection display able to render 3D, pseudo-holographic imagery without the aid of viewing devices like goggles or glasses.
Studying the patent reveals that the projection display will be able to track positions of more than one user in real-time and customize holographic images for each person. Each image has realistic horizontal and vertical parallax: since the device updates images in real-time, you could theoretically move around the room and experience no uncanny valley-like distortion in how the holograms appear.
Moreover, the display would have the capacity to recognize individual observers and automatically load their settings.
Also of note is that Apple began work on this technology back in 2006, roughly one year before it launched the first iPhone. The patent was first filed in Q3 of that year, modified in 2010, and finally published by the U.S. patent office on March 29, 2016.
Apple aficionados may wonder if the display was the brainchild of Steve Jobs, or perhaps a skunkworks project helmed by a few engineers who tinkered away until such a time as the tech could be implemented at a reasonable cost.
You can check out images from the patent, courtesy of Patently Apple, below.
[Source: Patently Apple]