The Alps FLGS3 lens measures just 1.0 by 1.0 by 0.8 mm making it one of the world’s smallest aspherical glass lenses. Currently used for undersea cables and base stations, this miniature lens may soon be headed to future projector-equipped smartphones.
Pico handheld projectors have proven to be useful tools in both business and in-home entertainment. Last year when Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Beam smartphone with built-in projector, we began to wonder whether this was a gimmick or actually the future of smartphones. Personally, the addition of a projector is not worth any potential risk in device failure.
The Alps FLGS3 lens might change my stance. Imagine if an existing smartphone such as the Galaxy S II could add a built-in projector without compromising thinness or design. Would you rather have a smartphone with a glasses-free 3D display or built-in projector?