Samsung files patent for smartphone that can display holographic images

by: Edgar CervantesAugust 11, 2015

Samsung Galaxy A8-12

The USPTO (U.S. Patent & Trademark Office) is full of patents from every manufacturer out there. Some make it to the market, other’s don’t, and a select few of them are simply insane. We are not sure under which category this one fits under, but what we know is many of you will be interested in what Samsung has under its sleeve.

A Samsung filing from Q3 2014 has recently been published, showcasing technology that would allow a device to display holograms. These would not be the full-on holographic videos you see in movies and other high-tech products, though.

So here’s how it will work. This patented device would have a normal body and a screen. A light emission device would be placed right above the screen, and another thicker material right above that image source. As a result, you will be able to visualize your icons and content within that piece of glass (or whatever material is used).


Sure, it may not be what you were expecting, but remember smartphones are limited in space and resources, which is why Samsung’s implementation of this technology seems to be reserved for small holograms and icons. Regardless, it will be a cool feature that future Samsung handsets may sport. Gimmick or not, it will definitely be a conversation starter.


As it goes with all patent filings, we are not sure when, or if, this technology is being taken to production. Samsung is pretty adventurous when it comes to adopting new applications, though. They were among the first to use flexible displays and introduce curved smartphones. Sammy was also the first to take super-sized displays to the mainstream market. The list goes on, so I say we have high chances of something coming down the road. Just don’t quote me on that yet!

What do you think? Would you like to see a phone that creates tiny, cute holograms on top of your phone? Hit the comments and let us know if you think this is a total gimmick or an awesome feature!


  • jasonlowr

    This will be interesting. Samsung can do it. But I’m not putting my hope up that’s for sure

  • Kamalnath

    step 1 into Holographic world….

  • SilentPatriot

    As soon as they get that pesky auto-eject for the S-pen working. =P

    • Stoner

      You actually use the s-pen?? I know lots of people with notes but no one seems to use it, I have a note but have used it twice i think

  • Daggett Beaver

    Help us, Sami-wan! You’re our only hope!

  • Blowntoaster

    they could use the holograms as notifications. assign shapes or “animals” etc to contacts, or specific apps’ icons pop up as holograms when you receive notifications. this is a brilliant idea.

    • Ardit

      And with samsung hovering features, you could dismiss notifications just by waving or touching the “animals”

  • Chris

    Are they sure Apple didn’t file some vague patent years ago that ‘magically projects images (with rounded corners) mid-air’ so they can claim they thought of it first?

  • vagabonti

    This is incredible! :-)

  • Stoner

    I can see the technology working on a pc type setup but not on a mobile device

  • WillKirk3

    I’ve always envisioned a holographic virtual assistant projecting out of a watch, phone or other wearable device…mark my word, this will happen sooner than you think. Enjoy the technology ride…

    • Bill

      If Microsoft came up with it first, it would have been perfect for Cortana. Oh well, back to the drawing board for them.

  • Jon

    Apple will release this feature on the iPhone 184s then claim Samsung stole it

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Sony has much more advanced holographic technology than Samsung rn. As much as the media wants to hype Samsung’s “will be in 10 years” projects, stuff like this is still decades away for Samsung. Sony on the other hand has already stepped its VR and AR game up with morpheus and smart eyeglasses.