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Great News, Star Wars Fans: Thanks To Samsung, Hologram Phones Might Soon Be A Reality

It's great when tech companies get their ideas from George Lucas films.

According to Tom’s Guide, Samsung have filed a patent in the US that suggests they’re one step closer to nailing holographic projection technology in their phones.

They’ve filed a patent for a “hologram reproducing apparatus” that can “emit a write beam corresponding to the hologram pattern.” The new technology apparently eliminates “the limited viewing angle and low resolution of current holographic technologies”.

In case you don’t speak tech geek, it would basically enable phones to project 3D holograms, just like in Star Wars.

The news comes two months after the release of the RED Hydrogen One, a phone which billed itself as the “world’s first holographic 4-view media machine”. It was pretty much universally panned, with The Verge describing its holographic display as “a novelty”.

Many experts don’t see this going anywhere – plenty of patents are filed that never reach the development stage – but Samsung has been flirting with hologram technology for a while, with previous patents for phones mentioning hologram capabilities.

Thanks to German site Let’s Go Digitalwe even have this diagram that was included in the patent application:

If it does happen, it won’t be for a while, so don’t start saving up for a new holographic smartphone just yet. You should start practicing your Princess Leia-inspired messages to friends, though, just in case.

Virgin Galactic Just Launched Its First Commercial Flight, But People Aren't Sure It Actually Entered Space

Well, that's awkward.

On Thursday, Virgin Galactic celebrated the successful flight of their SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, after it returned from its maiden voyage.

Virgin Galactic is celebrating it as the “very first time that a crewed vehicle built for commercial, passenger service, has reached space”, but some people aren’t actually convinced it reached space. And no, this isn’t a ‘the moon landing was faked’ truther situation.

If you check out the replies to any of Virgin Galactic’s tweets about the flight, you’ll find people arguing over something called the ‘Karman line’.

 

The Kármán line is the line 100km, or 62 miles, above sea level, and it’s commonly considered the boundary between Earth and space.

Whether they knew it or not, Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic have reignited the debate about whether the Kármán line should be redefined.

According to Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, the location of the line is completely arbitrary, and was chosen because people liked that 100km was a “nice and round” number.

McDowell looked at historical definitions of the line between Earth and space, and found that it was originally defined as being somewhere between 70 and 90km, which would mean that the VSS Unity did indeed reach space.

The US Federal Aviation Administration recognises the boundary at 80km above the Earth, so the craft’s pilots, Mark “Forger” Stucky and Frederick “CJ” Sturckow, are now considered astronauts. NASA and the US military also use this definition.

Who knew the boundary between Earth and space was so contentious? Besides everyone interested in aeronautics and space flight, I mean.

Wake me up when Richard Branson lands on the moon. Then I’ll be truly impressed!

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