If you've always thought that your digital world needs a little more dimensionality, then Infosys might just be working on the answer to your dreams.
The Indian organisation is, according to CNet
, currently working on hand-held mobile devices capable of capturing, sending, receiving, and projecting three-dimensional images of anything you point them at. Allegedly this is so professional types like doctors and engineers can work more efficiently, but let's face it – we all know that the prototypes have been down at least one pair of pants.
The technology is detailed in US Patent 7,209,269
, granted back in April 2007. The idea is that with a special lens and a certain amount of technical jiggery-pokery – CNet's coverage is limited to the explanation that “algorithms called 'Fourier' transformations [are used] to calculate the extra third dimension
” - you too can capture and save 3D representation of common body parts. I mean, objects
. Projection is taken care of via another special lens, known as a 'micro holographic optical element', and that old favourite – lasers.
Infosys' work on three-dimensional projection is telling of the growing interest in the market – although somewhat ironic from a company with the marketing tagline of “Learn Flat World secrets from a Flat World company
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