RED reveals more about its holographic smartphone display

Holographic Leia lives in Red's new phone (not the princess)

Leia says it "leverages recent breakthroughs in nano-photonic design and manufacturing to provide a complete lightfield "holographic" display solution for mobile devices". RED has made an undisclosed strategic investment in Leia as part of the partnership.

Leia's technology works using light field technology, which stacks LCDs with backlights pointing in different directions.

While this comes across as tech gibberish to most of us, the basic idea is that the LCD screen projects 3D objects that can be viewed from several angles, depending on your position. (Yes, like the princess.) Leia describes itself as "the leading provider of lightfield holographic display solutions for mobile", and was founded in 2014 as a spin-off from HP's research labs. "The Silicon Valley firm commercializes LCD-based mobile screens able to synthesize lightfield holographic content while preserving the normal operation of the display". Instead, it seems that these would just stand on top of the device, like the vehicle and the cones seen in the image above and in the concept video below published by Leia in early 2015.

YouTuber MKBHD also did a hands-on with a prototype in action, and reported that the technology is impressive, though not without its problems.

RED hasn't given an exact release date for the Hydrogen One smartphone, but it's slated to be out some time in the first quarter of 2018. "Leia brings a very special piece of technology that blends seamlessly with our vision of a ground-breaking and disruptive consumer product". But as already mentioned, RED is already taking pre-orders for the Hydrogen: an aluminum version will set potential customers back $1,195, while a titanium one will cost a more hefty $1,595. It isn't clear yet if apps themselves could be displayed holographically. The device is also modular, allowing users to add components to shoot higher quality videos and images. Are you excited by the prospect of what the Hydrogen One could offer? The company says the phone will ship in early 2018, and it's now available for preorder on RED's website. Providing somewhat of an answer to that question, Red Digital Cinema CEO Jim Jannard formally announced his company's partnership with Leia, which is invested in light field holographic display technologies.

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