When RED first announced they were going to be releasing an Android smartphone, one of their selling points was the holographic display. However, that was all the information they had revealed about the display technology at that time. They didn’t go into detail about what type of technology would be used to portray this holographic image, but now that has been revealed. Along with this information, RED has announced an exclusive partnership with a startup called Leia Inc.
The upcoming Hydrogen One is certainly poised to be unique smartphone. The company is known for their amazing (yet expensive) video cameras and that experience has sparked a lot of interest from the smartphone market. They’ll be using a modular system for these external components that will feel right at home to anyone who is familiar with their video cameras. A holographic display though, that’s not something they’re known for, so many have been skeptical about this.
Now it has been revealed that RED has partnered with a new startup called Leia Inc. and this company describes itself as “the leading provider of lightfield holographic display solutions for mobile.” They were a spinoff of HP’s research labs and were founded just 3 years ago in 2014. Due to how they’re not able to show how this technology works on a regular screen, the company has opted to describe it the best way they’re able to.
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. The Silicon Valley firm commercializes LCD-based mobile screens able to synthesize lightfield holographic content while preserving the normal operation of the display.
So the general idea behind their technology is that the screen on the Hydrogen One will be able to project 3D objects that you’re able to view from different angles based on your physical position. This works through diffraction and produces a lightfield illumination with a layer of nanostructures added to a conventional LCD. Very few people have been able to see the tech in action though, so we’ll have to wait until the device is released before we know how it performs.
Source: Business Wire