RED has revealed a tech teaser for its Hydrogen One smartphone, which will have a one-of-a-kind ‘Holographic Display’ produced in conjunction with Leia Inc.
Among the more unusual smartphones that we’re looking forward to seeing out in the wild, RED’s Hydrogen One stands out for having the frankly bizarre claim of possessing a ‘holographic display’.
It doesn’t help the famed camera maker’s cause that we’ve yet to see its holographic display out in the wild; acclaimed tech and media personality MKBHD was afforded the chance to see the display in action, and though the technology is apparently not without its flaws, it does represent an interesting addition to the smartphone scene.
RED today announced a new partnership with Leia, Inc, in which it revealed a small teaser of what we can expect from the Hydrogen One’s display.
The Hydrogen One’s holographic display is slated to use an LCD panel with a “light guide plate” placed below it. Principally, the display will use diffraction (when a beam of light is spread out) to project different images at different viewing angles.
The end result will give the illusion of a 3D image; while the teaser illustrates 3D objects above the smartphone’s display, light will not bleed outside of the screen’s borders, though one will be tricked into perceiving light escaping the traditional confines of a smartphone screen.
RED claims that the Hydrogen One’s holographic display won’t consume inordinate battery capacity, nor will it affect image quality – though there’s presently no evidence or data to confirm these assertions.
The Hydrogen One is slated for debut in the first half of 2018, where the device is expected to retail between the $1,195 and $1,595 USD mark.
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