From the makers behind the viral iPhone 5 concept that envisioned the device with a stunning laser keyboard comes a breathtaking new vision for the iPad 3, with an edge-to-edge retina display and 3D multiplayer hologram for gaming.
Now, this is exactly what not to expect to be unveiled at Apple’s iPad press event next week. A flurry of feature speculations have taken the web by storm following the news that the company will launch a product on March 7 in San Francisco, but this clever video from Aatma Studio — whose iPhone 5 Concept Features video raked in nearly 50 million views on YouTube — takes it a step further and opens up a world of possibilities for the future of tablets.
For example, it toys with the option of a 2560 x 1140 resolution edge-to-edge retina display, which gives the allusion of a larger visual screen area. In the video, the entire screen serves as the home button.
Although this notion is already possible with today’s tech advancements, it doesn’t seem likely for the next-generation iPad, especially since the event invitation features an image of a touchscreen device with a frame.
However, Aatma plays up the possibility in the video. It takes one iPad and places it next to another and the first takes over the screen of the second — similar to having two screens for a desktop computer.
“Although the tablet form factor is great, we felt the need for a larger visual real estate,” Pramod Modi Shantharam, the CEO and animation director at Aatma, told Mashable. “We eliminated the black border of current iPad and thought it would be a great visual experience for users who bring their iPads together utilizing their internal magnets.”
This would allow users to stream videos or watch a movie on two iPad screens at once. The studio used internal magnets with near field communications (NFC) technology to make it happen.
“Consider a scenario where a family of four brings their individual iPads together at an airport while waiting for their flight with a master iPad controlling all screens,” Shantharam added. “This could facilitate new original forms of media content in the future.”
But perhaps the most innovative feature in the video is a 3D multiplayer hologram for gaming. Game controllers project out onto the surface of the table, while two players play a football game with the help of the two combined iPads.
“The 3D holographic display was a popular feature in our iPhone 5 concept video and we wanted to extend that to the iPad,” Shantharam said. “Users could experience a three-dimensional floating holographic screen with combined iPads, making it an exciting use case for multiplayer games.”
Do you think future iPads will embrace this technology? Which feature of the concept was most fascinating to you? Let us know in the comments.
Twitter was abuzz Tuesday after Apple revealed the invite to a March 7 event in San Francisco. The invite — teasing what will likely be a new iteration of the iPad — featured an image emblazoned with 10 words, "We have something you really have to see. And touch."
As if cued by a director, Twitter users immediately reacted in droves, catapulting "iPad 3" into Twitter's worldwide trending topics. People chimed in with jokes and more never-ending speculation.