This is how RED Hydrogen’s holographic display looks like
Remember how a couple of months back, RED, the company behind the awesome cinematic cameras, announced that it was working on a smartphone ? The first thing that came to our mind was the amazing camera system that will feature on the device. *Despite being a camera-centric phone, RED also wants the Hydrogen to be used as a media consumption device.The company said that the Hydrogen One smartphone will feature a Hydrogen Holographic Display. And that was that. They did not give us a glimpse of what it would look like in real life.

On Friday, RED Digital Cinema announced that Leia Inc. would be providing them with the holographic screen technology for the Hydrogen One phone. Leia Inc. is a company based in the Silicon Valley that develops displays with lightfield technology for mobile devices. The company was founded by David Fattal, Pierre-Emmanuel Evreux and Zhen Peng in 2014 as a spin-off from HP Labs, where they researched about displays.

After working on various ways to create multiview displays based on lasers and LCD, in 2013 they made a breakthrough with LED based system under an LCD panel.

Leia's displays are now powered by nanotechnology and use Diffractive Lightfield Backlighting (DLB) unit under an LCD panel. Theoretically, users will be able to switch between holographic and standard mode.

In simple words, the display on the Hydrogen One will cast 3D renders of objects that the users will be able to view a full 360 degrees. A concept video that Leia created in 2015 showcasing their DLB display technology has a holograph of a city map with building protruding outwards.

If RED and Leia are able to pull this off, holographic displays might just change the landscape of display technologies.