In five years, cell phones will be able to produce holograms of friends and colleagues talking and moving in real time, IBM researchers say.
In the mock-up photo provided by IBM, 3D video technology is used to create a hologram on a speakerphone.
"We see 3D [video] technology moving into the cell phone, which will have the ability to transmit information off the cell phone to create a 3D hologram, projecting the hologram on any surface in life size, " said Paul Bloom, IBM's CTO for telecommunications research, in a recent interview.
With a cell phone hologram, a user would be able to walk next to a hologram of a friend, or a worker could project an enlarged 3D image of a product needing repair to walk inside it and detect problems, Bloom said. "The repair person could go inside the device instead of looking it up in a manual, " he said. "It has lots of implications."
IBM is already working on the cell phone hologram concept in its labs, and Bloom predicted that a prototype should be ready in five years. The cameras that are being used to create early versions of holograms still need to be miniaturized, and software needs to be written to for receiving input from those cameras, he added.
The cell phone hologram concept is one technology listed on the fifth annual "IBM Next Five in Five" list, which highlights five innovations that the company predicts will change people's lives over the next five years.
IBM has featured its latest forecast list, including the cell phone holograms, in a YouTube video. The others are lithium batteries that breathe air to power devices; computers that help share energy resources over entire cities; personalized GPS navigation derived from inputs from many devices; and cell phones used as sensors to track seismic events or other Earth-based phenomena.
Bloom said IBM is already in the early stages of these project and has a good record at making past Five in Five predictions into reality. One prediction from five years ago envisioned telemedicine, where data on patients is transmitted hundreds of miles to a specialist. In a related fashion, doctors are in IBM trials using 3D video images inside monitors to make diagnoses and even remote surgery, Bloom said.
Many of the innovations on IBM's list focus on cell phones and other mobile devices. For example, IBM predicts that commuters will get personalized commuting information, possibly on a cell phone or desktop computer, that combines a person's calendar for a given day with recent traffic reports from multiple sources. The information could come from tracking the speed of cars on a freeway, based on the time it takes for a cell phone to move from one cell tower to the next one, Bloom said.blogging equipment blogging etiquette blogging essentials blogging events blogging explained blogging earning potential blogging essential tools blogging for money blogging for dummies blogging for kids blogging for free blogging for seo blogging for students blogging for business blogging guide blogging goals blogging godaddy blogging gif blogging gigs blogging guidelines blogging google blogging guide substack bloggingheads blogging how to blogging hashtags blogging helps your inbound marketing by blogging history blogging hubspot blogging hoosier history blogging host sites blogging ideas blogging in 2021 blogging income blogging ideas for beginners blogging in the classroom blogging images blogging in spanish blogging is dead blogging jobs blogging jobs remote blogging jobs online blogging jobs near me blogging jobs for moms blogging jobs from home blogging job description blogging journal blogging kit blogging keywords blogging kya hai blogging keyword research tools blogging kit best buy blogging kaise kare blogging kaise karte hain blogging light blogging like you mean it blogging laptop blogging lessons blogging legally blogging lamp blogging legal issues blogging meaning blogging mama blogging microphone blogging marketing blogging millionaire blogging money blogging meaning in english blogging memes blogging niches blogging niches 2021 blogging networks blogging names blogging niche ideas blogging name generator blogging name ideas blogging niche quiz blogging on instagram blogging on medium blogging on squarespace blogging on shopify blogging or vlogging blogging on facebook blogging on linkedin blogging on wix blogging platforms blogging platforms free blogging platforms examples blogging prompts blogging platforms 2021 blogging passive income blogging pro blogging podcast blogging quotes blogging questions blogging quiz blogging qna blogging que es blogging quora blogging questions for students blogging quotes goodreads blogging rules blogging resume blogging retreat blogging rubric blogging ring light blogging routine blogging revenue blogging recipes blogging sites blogging software blogging sites for free blogging statistics blogging statistics blogging salary blogging synonym blogging services blogging the boys blogging the bracket blogging topics blogging the boys trolling the nation blogging to make money blogging the boys podcast blogging theology youtube blogging under a pen name blogging university blogging using google sites blogging unscramble blogging under pseudonym blogging unscripted blogging udemy blogging uses blogging vs vlogging blogging vs youtube blogging vs vlogging 2021 blogging vs podcasting blogging vs microblogging blogging video camera blogging vs journaling blogging vs instagram blogging websites blogging websites that pay blogging wizard blogging with squarespace blogging website builder blogging websites to make money blogging with google sites blogging without social media bloggingx bloggingx pro bloggingx pro free download xkcd blogging xanga blogging blogging alert xyz explain xkcd blogging blogging your passion blogging youtube blogging your passion podcast blogging youtube channel name blogging your way blogging your way by holly becker blogging your way to the front row blogging your book blogging zones blogging zarada blogging zenith zen cart blogging blogging in zimbabwe blogging in zambia blogging success zone blogging about books blogging about tv shows blogging about food blogging about my life blogging about your personal life blogging about art blogging about pets blogging after retirement bloating after ovulation blogging income after 1 year what after blogging career after blogging retired now what blogs can i retire now blog to blog or not to blog blogging is blogging about blogging blogging as a hobby blogging as a job blogging as a business model blogging as an educational tool blogging as a nurse blogging at medium blogging at work blogging at fl250 blogging at 70 blogging at 40 blogging at 60 blogging at college blogging at the limit before blogging blogging platform before know before blogging tips before blogging considerations before blogging