RED Hydrogen One smartphone with a holographic display was unveiled a few months back. This is the first venture that the camera company has taken in the smartphone market and the device is said to have a high expectation among the consumers.
The smartphone was revealed partially in July. It is claimed to be the world's first holographic smartphone. However, we know little about how the holographic technology will work. Now, RED seems have decided to give some clarity regarding the same. RED has sent out a press release shedding details regarding how the holographic display technology will function.
RED has teamed up with a company called Leia Inc. to develop the holographic display. The company has used both the proprietary screen technologies as well as the software distribution platform of Leia to create a new segment in the world of mobile entertainment.
It is claimed that Leia leverages recent breakthroughs in the fields of Nano-Photonic design and manufacturing in order to offer a complete lightfield holographic display solution for the mobile devices using proprietary hardware and software. The company commercializes the LCD-based mobile screens those are capable of synthesizing lightfield holographic content while retaining the usual functionality of the display.
The holographic display technology focuses on projecting the 3D objects that you can view from various angles based on your physical position. If you are using a mapping application, it could theoretically look like a city's model with the building poking out of the display. You can interact with the objects those are above the screen using hover gestures those are enabled by the Synaptics, a partner of Leia.
Here is a concept video that was published by Leia two years back.
The display technology works via diffraction producing a lightfield illumination with one layer of nanostructures that is added to the LCD. It is claimed that the layer does not compromise the quality of the display, battery consumption or thickness for the non-holographic use.
Whether this technology will be accepted by the consumers or will remain to be a gimmick, it is definitely one of the most exciting developments in the smartphone industry over the years. It can open up new ways to display information.
The RED Hydrogen One smartphone can be pre-ordered at $1,195 for the aluminum build and $1,595 for the titanium build. RED says that the smartphone will be made available in the first half of 2018.