Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Irvine, CA, United States (4E) – What might well be the world’s first smartphone with a holographic display that projects 3D images of whomever and whatever’s on the screen should hit store shelves in the first quarter of 2018 and is now taking pre-orders.
The holographic phone called “Hydrogen One” is being billed by its maker, RED Digital Cinema (a leading manufacturer of professional digital cinema cameras), as “The World’s First Holographic Media Machine. In Your Pocket. No Glasses Needed.”
RED has announced its Aluminum Hydrogen One is on pre-order for $1,195. No word yet on when its Titanium $1,595 goes on sale.
RED partnered with Leia, Inc. to develop the holographic phone, whose exact details remain hazy. What is known is the tech behind Hydrogen One is Leia’s “Diffractive Lightfield Backlighting (DLB) solution,” which “makes screens come to life in richer, deeper, more beautiful ways,” according to Leia.
Leia’s DLB technology 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 creates the illusion of a 3D image on smart watches and phones without the need for special glasses. The California-based company demonstrated its mobile holography at the 4YFN event during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Leia’s LCD-based mobile screens are able to synthesize lightfield holographic content while preserving the normal operation of the display.
A holographic display is a type of display that utilizes light diffraction to create a virtual 3D image of an object. Holographic displays are unique from other forms of 3D imaging because they don’t require the aid of any special glasses or external equipment for a viewer to see the image.
Leia describes itself as “the leading provider of lightfield holographic display solutions for mobile.”
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