Apple paves way for creation of 3D, interactive images from handheld devices

Apple has patented a device display that uses lasers, micro lenses and sensors to create a 3D "holographic" image as well as detecting how a user interacts with it in real time, according to Apple news feed and forum Apple Insider. The "Interactive holographic display device" would allow a 2D display panel to create a 3D, interactive image, which Apple presumably intends to deploy in devices such as iPhones and iPads.

The system would generate multiple views of an on-screen object from various viewing angles with lenses deflecting laser light.

Apple Insider reports that single finger gestures would turn or move the image, while pinch gestures would change the size. Finger speed would also have an impact on turning or moving the image.

The patent was filed for in February 2011.