There are many kinds of smartphones we’re being treated to lately. There are also cool new features that are coming out with every new iteration of an existing line of smartphones. It really has everyone wondering – what new features are left for a smartphone to have? RED, which is a company that primarily makes expensive video and camera hardware, had come out with a prototype of a smartphone sometime ago, and it is still not officially launched the device as of yet. But it’s promising.
What is the prime focus of the device would definitely be the camera and quite interestingly the display as well? The screen on the RED Hydrogen One smartphone is called a light field holographic display, and has been made in partnership with a startup called as Leia. How does this holographic screen work you might ask?
The entire process of having a holographic display could seem a bit like rocket science, and Leia’s explanation does not make it easier. The company says it makes LCD-based mobile screens that are able to synthesize light-field holographic content while preserving the normal operation of the display.
In simple words – what happens is that the screen projects 3D objects that you can view from different angles based on your physical position. If you are looking at Google Maps, then this screen can project little buildings on the screen to give you a more immersive experience.
The First of More to Come?
In the not so distant future, startups such as Leia are only going to grow in number and provide better smartphone technology for a richer experience. The display is the most vital part of a smartphone and if it can be made into 3D Holographic experience then we can be sure that smartphone makers are going to surely try it out.
So in a way, yes, the holographic screen on the RED Hydrogen phone could be the first step to a new kind of display technology. There is some potential in holographic displays and one can say that we might be moving towards a type of smartphone technology that has a lot of consumer-centric potentials.
Obviously, this kind of technology is going to be very expensive and there would need to be ways to make it more consumer efficient. The RED Hydrogen One itself is a very expensive device starting at $1,149.
The Hydrogen One continues to be one of the more intriguing devices on the horizon, and RED can’t be faulted on ambition. We’ll have to see how its holographic vision shakes out when the phone launches in the coming half of 2018 or perhaps early next year.