With the upcoming release of the apple watch there has been a lot of buzz surrounding the product emerging from various blogs and sources. One of the more interesting theories that we found was the idea that the apple watch may have projector technology built into it on later versions of the device. The apparent goal is to allow users to project images above the face of the watch and interact with them without using a touch screen. Current estimates are that this kind of technology is only about 2-5 years off.
We’ve already seen some really crazy stuff being done with projectors in the last couple of months such as the air burton pico projector which employs particle technology to create a projection that seems to float in mid air.
In recent years it has also become popular to hold virtual concerts for artists that are represented by a fake person or even artists that are dead as we saw with Tupac Shakur and Michael Jackson. However despite all of these uses it just still seems like we’re nowhere close to actually coming out with holograms comparable to the one that R2-D2 projected for Luke to let him know Leah was in danger.
That being said, is the apple watch really a place for a projector like this or is it really just a gimmick. One thing that comes to mind is privacy, which is something that most people today take into consideration a lot while using electronic devices. Think about it most people hid the screen of their phone while they are texting because they don’t want people to see what they are saying, or what they are looking at. Now imagine this information being projected above your phone and into the air for everyone to see, hopefully you don’t get a racy text in public! The feature could be nice for things such as Apple FaceTime and other video chat however, but that does require more hardware built into the watch such as cameras and other various light sensors.
In conclusion, realistically is the apple watch an appropriate home for a holographic projector? Probably not, but you could have asked us if a 7” cellphone with no buttons was a good idea 5 years ago and we would have said no to that too. It totally depends on implementation in the product and how it is used. That being said, technology like this does have very viable uses, for professionals that do 3D modeling or repair things and need to look at models of parts to understand how they work holographic technology could be very viable. But until then, we’re just going to have to rely on our non-holographic standard apple watches to get us by. But just keep in mind that it may not be far off until this is happening: