When I first saw that pro camera maker Red was making a holographic phone, I imagined it might beam the holograms of my Star Wars dreams, like the iconic moment when a holographic Princess Leia asks Obi-Wan Kenobi for help. Red says there's a proprietary algorithm embedded in the OS that converts stereo sound into multi-dimensional audio. With the exception that the Hydrogen One comes loaded with a "5.7-inch professional hydrogen holographic display".
The RED Hydrogen One is a phone that, if the quality of their cameras and the price of the pre-orders is anything to go by, should be quite the premium device. According to a press release by Red, the handset's screen can "seamlessly" switch between traditional 2-D content and holographic 3-D content such as games.
The company's founder, Jim Jinnard, assures that one has to see it believe it.
The device will sport what sounds like a glasses-free 3D display, which as we all know from the Nintendo 3DS is not gimmicky in the slightest.
"It is not lenticular, which is inferior tech in every way, has been tried many times before and failed for good reason", Jannard said in a forum post, referring to products that promised similar features like Amazon's Fire Phone and LG's Optimus.
The Titanum version of the Hydrogen One set buyers back $1,595 and the Aluminum version will cost $1,195. Early birds will receive a special small token. The company says, that the Hydrogen System will incorporate a latest high-speed data bus for the modular component system, which would include some of the future unannounced attachments.
At the moment, the details regarding Hydrogen One are thin. So much so that the RED Hydrogen One states it will offer "multi-dimensional content" without the need for additional hardware, including headsets or glasses.
The RED camera smartphone is now only available for preorder. But RED would still like you to preorder one right now and expect to receive it at some point in the first quarter of the year.
Like the company's modular cinema cameras, the Hydrogen is all about attaching accessories.