A mysterious unnamed Motorola Android phone appeared over the weekend. A handful of pictures leaked out, but details remain scarce. Many sites were quick to point out the translucent flip cover featured on the front of the phone, but none have been able to explain its purpose.
According to a recent patent application filed by Motorola, that flip cover could be used to display 3D images. Made from a lenticular material, the cover is able to produce three dimensional images when it is closed.
A section of the patent reads:
“A cover is mechanically coupled to the housing and may be moved to overlie the display. The cover includes an optical element, such as a transparent lenticular material, through which the display may be viewed. The display presents images in two dimensions, and when the cover is “open“, the operator sees the displayed images, for example, diagrams and text, in two dimensions. However, when the cover is “closed“, the operator perceives the images presented through the optical element as three dimensional.”
The idea sounds awesome in theory, but we will have to wait to see how the implementation actually performs. Which types of Android applications do you think would benefit from a 3D display?