Jim Jannard, founder of Oakley and RED Digital Cinema recently announced that they’ll be releasing the first holographic smart phone called the Hydrogen One.
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.
Today, we got to see the unveiled prototype of the RED Hydrogen holographic smartphone thanks to Marque Brownlee. In the video, you can see the industrial design commonly found on RED products. It’s also quite large in size as evident in the video when it’s laid next to the iPhone 7+. But it seems like it fits comfy in the pocket.
There are also grips and ridges on the side to better hold the expensive holographic phone. Currently, pre-orders for the aluminum model start at $1,195 while the Titanium version starts at $1,595. The phone is also charged through USB Type-C with an auxiliary port at the bottom.
On the front of the phone, there are front facing speakers with a 5.5″ super high-resolution display. On the back, you’ll find pins at the bottom which allows for snap-on mods that adds to the functionality of the phone.
The video itself doesn’t show the working prototype for the holographic display. However, Brownlee has stated that he was quite blown away when he had the opportunity to check it out. RED plans on showcasing a working model in the next 30 to 45 days so stay tuned for those upcoming announcements!