IKIN demonstrated a buzzing bee in a holograph. The device is expected to be released for consumer purchase later this year. (Image Credit: IKIN)


Many filmmakers and other creators have found inspiration from the original “Star Wars” film.


“Episode IV: A New Hope.” R2D2 projected a holographic broadcast of Princess Leia to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker - this motivated scientist Taylor Scott to bring holograms to smartphones. The San Diego-based company that Scott founded, IKIN, is attempting to achieve that goal. During CES 2021, IKIN met up with potential sellers and investors to showcase the smartphone accessory that transforms content on the device into 3D holograms.


IKIN’s accessories produce 3D holograms that can be seen in daylight from Android or iOS smartphones. The device uses a specialized proprietary chemical polymer lens. Other holograms, such as a holographic version of Michael Jackson’s concert performance, are done in dark areas.


IKIN’s product is designed to fit any Android or iOS smartphone, enabling it to become a portal to a multidimensional world. Holograms can also adjust to the position of a user’s eyes and head. (Image Credit: IKIN)


IKIN creates holographic content for the smartphone accessory. So far, it has produced games and technical demos, but mobile application developers are expected to license the technology in the future. Consumers purchase the accessory, a device designed to fit a smartphone, allowing it to become a portal into a multidimensional world.


For example, the device allows a user to explore their smartphone’s photo gallery as if they were perusing an art gallery. When images are selected, they display in 3D and can be rotated and enlarged. Those interactions can also be utilized in games, allowing a user’s fingers to serve as a controller. Another advantage is that video conference calls and meetings could have real-world depth.


IKIN is expected to release the smartphone accessory later this year. The device, named “RYZ,” uses onboard artificial intelligence to customize a user’s experience. The hologram can adjust to the position of a user’s eyes and head.


IKIN is currently developing devices that can display bigger holograms. The company, which already raised over $13 million, is looking for strategic partnerships to raise another $10 million.


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