This is how RED Hydrogen's holographic display looks like

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On Friday, RED Digital Cinema announced that Leia Inc. would be providing them with the holographic screen technology for the Hydrogen One phone.

The smartphone was partially revealed in July and tipped as "the world's first lightfield "holographic" smartphone", but little has been revealed about how this holograph tech would work in practice. It is claimed to be the world's first holographic smartphone. This allows the phone to be able to display 2D, 3D, and holographic multi-view content.

Arri may have Han Solo, but it seems RED have Leia. Not only does RED need to execute on tech that so far has eluded every other company, it also has to convince people holographic displays (on a $US1200 ($1,491) phone!) are something we actually want.

RED and a small screen technology company named Leia have announced a partnership that will see Leia's technology come to RED's Hydrogen One.

"Leia 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", the company said.

"The Silicon Valley firm commercializes LCD-based mobile screens able to synthesize lightfield holographic content while preserving the normal operation of the display", says RED in a press release.

The holographic display technology focuses on projecting the 3D objects that you can view from various angles based on your physical position.

From the GIF above and Leia's YouTube video, it seems that the company is claiming its tech allows for items to appear to float directly on top of the display, creating an effect where the display itself is a surface for the holographic items, like the auto and the cones above, to rest on. Leia's screens will even support interaction with objects "above" the display, thanks to a partnership with Synaptics.

Here is a concept video that was published by Leia two years back. Such a technology surely holds a lot of potential for virtual and augmented reality headsets, but their use for displays is still to be fully tested, notes Engadget. RED have clearly done their homework and see lightfield display technology as something that will eventually find its way into more consumer devices than just smartphones.

The RED Hydrogen One also sports an unusual design in which metal, Kevlar and ridged edges are used to make the handset easy to grip.

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