Mobile Holography


David Fattal

(LEIA Inc.)

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Date: April 16, 2014


The mobile computing industry is experiencing a booming development fueled by a growing worldwide demand for smartphones, tablets (and soon wearables), the availability of low-power system-on-a-chip (SoCs), and a well established supply chain in Asia. Remarkably, there is enough graphical processing power on the latest smartphones to manipulate and render multiview 3D “holographic” content on the fly. If only we had the technology to project this holographic content from a portable screen…

LEIA Inc. is a spin-off from HP Labs which aims at commercializing a disruptive display technology, a diffractive backlit LCD system allowing the rendering of holographic 3D content at video rate on a mobile platform. LEIA’s core technology resides in the surface treatment of the backlight, and otherwise utilizes a commercially available LCD panel to create animated content. It uses standard LED illumination, comes in an ultra-thin form factor, is capable of high pixel densities and large field of view and does not consume more optical power than a regular LCD screen.

In this talk, I will present some fundamental aspects of the technology and will discuss various consumer applications.

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David is the founder and CEO of LEIA Inc, a spin-off from HP Labs aiming at commercializing a novel holographic display technology for mobile devices. He previously spent 9 years as a senior researcher in the Intelligent Infrastructure Laboratory at HP Labs, working on various aspects of quantum computing and photonics, and specializing in the manipulation of light at the nanoscale. He holds a PhD in Physics from Stanford University and a BS in theoretical physics from Ecole Polytechnique, France. David received the 2010 Pierre Faurre award for young French industrial career achievement, and was named French Innovator of the year 2013 by the MIT technology Review before featuring on the global innovator list that same year. David has 60 granted patents and co-authored the text-book “Single Photon Devices and Applications”.

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Created: Wednesday, April 16th, 2014