Much like some of the recent, more modern movies that involve the idea and flexibility of holographic technology, the appeal of projection systems to use our phones, tablets, and computers in unusual places is increasing dramatically. An example of this visual technology demand would be the growing popularity, as well as availability and technological innovations of 3D technology, simulators, gaming, and of course movie watching. And, as the technology improves, likewise will the prices likely become more affordable for the “average joe”, again, in turn strengthening the market and future development of such.
With fascinating, unique, and sophisticated operating systems like iOS, or more open-ware and ‘user friendly’ mobile operating systems like Android, the limits are truly endless when it comes to powered projection systems if they were to be applied in things like tablets, laptops, and of course mobile phones. However, as one might expect, the necessary IR (infrared) technology, sensors, lasers, and projection systems for such an idea can be quit costly as we’ve observed in the recent years. In fact, many “crowdfunding” and other fundraising campaigns have failed due to a lack of funds, or, simply underestimating the total costs associated with designing such a device. That is, one that could project your mobile devices or PC onto the wall, your body, or even one day in the air.
However, technologies and prospective products like the Cicret appear to have made substantial headway, and, are designed to allow users to actually project their cell-phone image or screen onto their forearm via a (projector) device hooked onto their wrist. This is a very fascinating, and exciting concept if and when it is effectively put into play, which could be as early as this year. And, best of all, a technology like this nearly guarantees to be waterproof – which means you could check your texts, emails, and even answer calls by simply touching your skin.
Being able to interact with your own body or skin – reminding us of how desirable virtual reality and 3D technology are – is a very high-demand product and idea, but, also a very costly one. So, again, this is a project and product that will likely take another (at least) consistent 3-6 years to make major developing headway. Perhaps, with an upcoming phone like the iPhone 8, or future iPhone and Android devices we’ll be able to see technology like this – with the ability to project your telephone screen (interactively) onto your body.
It is, however, important for both scientists and prospective customers alike to appreciate that this type of ‘motion sensing system’ will be in a “BETA” form at best, and will come with its shares of challenges in due time. Also, picture or visual distortion, as well as obvious body obstacles, hair, tattoos, and other modifications interfering with performance are large issues to be worked out both now and in the future.
Ultimately, and to be completely fair, as we saw with the Apple Watch, interactive technology directly placed on – or projected on – the body is very technical, requires a lot of power, money, and resources (see Apple Watch battery issues). Not to mention again, the cost, which can and will prevent a lot of prospective customers from enjoying these types of gadgets in the near future – at least at first.