RED made a surprising announcement a few months ago, entering the smartphone market with its Hydrogen phone. What the company didn't reveal then was how its innovative "holographic" display looked. This kept us interested and anticipating what this might be. Now, however, RED lifted the curtain up a little bit more, showing us the concept behind the display.
RED now revealed that it partnered exclusively with a Leia Inc., a startup that works in the area of mobile devices providing "lightfield holographic displays." Their displays are based on a different technology than standard displays, which are not capable of projecting visuals in such a fashion.
These holographic screens are said to be capable of displaying 3D objects that look like they are protruding from the screen. By rotating the phone, or your position relative to the display, you can see the objects from different sides. Leia describes that the technology behind the display is based on the principle of diffraction of light from a standard LCD screen through a layer of nanostructures. Leia claims this technology doesn't have a major effect over battery consumption or overall thickness of the device. Although the first prototypes were described to be far from technically perfect, they were yet impressive.
RED says there is a slight delay of the official launch from the originally announced early 2018 guidance to "the first half of 2018."
[via The Verge]