Jim Jannard, who’s the founder of Oakley and RED Digital Cinema, is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time. He’s transformed many industries with his sports apparel company and the very high-end cameras that everyone seems to be using. Today, he’s looking to tackle the VR, AR, and MR industry with a special product called The Hydrogen One smartphone.
According to RED, the Hydrogen One is “The world’s first holographic media machine, in your pocket, no glasses, needed.” The product is a completely standalone multi-band smartphone operating on Android OS. They describe it to be able to “shatter the mold of conventional thinking” with its’ ability to display holograms without using a peripheral device. Hydrogen One will come with a 5.7″ retina display featuring advanced nanotechnology that’s seamlessly switches between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games. It’ll be functional on both landscape and portrait modes.
Embedded in the OS will be a proprietary H30 algorithm that converts stereo sound into expansive multi-dimensional audio, similar to 5.1 sound on your headphones. It’ll also feature something called the Hydrogen System which incorporates a high-speed data bus to enable a comprehensive and ever-expanding modular component system. This allows you to shoot at higher quality motion and still images as well as Hydrogen format holographic images.
Another unique feature to the Hydrogen One is that it’ll be compatible with Scarlet, EPIC, and Weapon as a user interface and monitor.
Price? Well, don’t hold your breath. Just like the astronomical prices seen for Red Digital Cameras, you’ll be forking out $1,195 for the aluminum version and $1,595 for the Titanium version. Order that are placed today will ship from their own personal first production batch. After this initial release, RED will not be able to fill all order on time due to display production limitations. Shipping and taxes are not included in the price.
On top of the Hyrdogen One media machine, you’ll be receiving a USB-C cable and charger, an expandable micro SD card slot plus a “special small token” for ordering early. RED expects to ship the Hydrogen One smartphones in Q1 of 2018. What are your thoughts on this AR product?