The next big thing in smartphone and tablet innovation seems to be pointing at the screen display. Glasses-free 3D displays are coming into play.
We can expect to see holographics, maybe by the end of this year, in the first Amazon smartphone.
More than a year ago, rumors started to circulate that Amazon was developing its first smartphone, among other devices. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon was working on two smartphones. The Journal reports one of those two smartphones will be Amazon's first high-end Kindle smartphone featuring a glasses-free 3D screen.
Amazon's high-end Kindle smartphone will use retina-tracking technology. Imagine the images on your smartphone appearing three-dimensionally and speaking to you, like George Lucas envisioned in Star Wars.
Technology in fiction many times is based on existing scientific research in a variety of fields. Soon we could see holographic images coming from our smartphones.
Navigation through content using your eyes is already possible with Samsung's recently launched Galaxy S4. However, the eye-tracking technology used in the Galaxy S4 is limited, not being able to project holograms. What can we expect from Amazon's smartphone? Let's have a look at this video:
Have you wondered why Amazon would want to enter the smartphone market? I doubt that Amazon is really expecting to compete with Apple, Samsung, and Nokia, the three leaders in smartphones at the moment. Apple and Samsung together have 61 percent of the American market alone.
Last year, at the Amazon Kindle launch, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said they want to make money when people use their devices, not when they buy them. This would explain the Kindle's low price, and may be one of the reasons Amazon is working on smartphones.
Another reason is big-data. Amazon could easily collect new big-data through maps, app downloads, and phone calls. Later, that data could help Amazon offer customers more shopping recommendations. They could also use services like mobile payments when shopping on the Amazon Store. A 3D-display smartphone is a good hook to get consumers excited, and willing to give it a try.
The question remains, though, if we will see an Amazon 3D display smartphone coming out in the next months. We shall see. Meanwhile, I am sure, whatever the outcome from Amazon will be, this 3D display is poking the nerves of other large phonemakers.