RED reveals what the Hydrogen's "holographic display" is all about

RED reveals what the Hydrogen's

What RED did not announce, however, is what that technology actually involves, even as the $1,195 Hydrogen One phone went up for pre-order essentially sight unseen.

Leia leverages recent breakthroughs in Nano-Photonic design and manufacturing to provide a complete lightfield "holographic" display solution for mobile devices, through proprietary hardware and software. It is claimed to be the world's first holographic smartphone.

On Thursday, CEO Jim Jannard revealed that the company is working with a company called Leia Inc to develop the screens.

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RED and a small screen technology company named Leia have announced a partnership that will see Leia's technology come to RED's Hydrogen One. And while it does take some liberties with the way light works (the image will not bleed outside of the screen borders like it does in the video), it does show how a "holographic display" like this will work. While the screens can function as normal displays like you'd find in your current smartphone, Leia's technology can also project 3D objects from the screen. It isn't clear yet if apps themselves could be displayed holographically. The user will then be able to interact with gestures within the "dynamic lightfield" instead of touching the display. The layer, protected under patent, is a "nanostructured light guide plate in a standard edge-lit configuration to produce a custom lightfield illumination of the LCD front-plane".

While only select people have gotten the chance to see the Hydrogen One's display at work, Brownlee said it "definitely wasn't flawless and had quirks like light bleeding around the outside of the display and some stuttering when I messed with some four view gaming stuff". Brownlee, better known as MKBHD, said he was "pretty impressed" by the display, but that it "definitely wasn't perfect" with some stuttering and light bleed issues. However, RED says that it will have to work on exclusive holographic content for the smartphone so as to utilise the technology to its full limits. RED says the Hydrogen One will be out in the first half of 2018. RED have clearly done their homework and see lightfield display technology as something that will eventually find its way into more consumer devices than just smartphones.