RED’s Hydrogen One Smartphone Is “The World’s First Holographic Media Machine”

by David Jagneaux • July 6th, 2017

What’s a billionaire named Jim Jannard to do after founding and selling Oakley’s for $2.1 billion then creating a state-of-the-art Hollywood-caliber camera manufacturer in RED Digital Camera? Create a phone that can power holograms and doesn’t need a headset for AR or VR, that’s what, apparently.

Today RED announced the Hydrogen One smartphone. Reportedly this is being designed as “the world’s first holographic media machine” and will enable holographic multi-view, 2D and 3D, as well as augmented reality (AR,) virtual reality (VR,) and mixed reality (MR.) What all of that actually means in a practical sense for one headset-less smartphone is hard to determine.

The display is described as a 5.7 inch Hydrogen holographic display that can seamlessly switch between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games. We don’t really know what it looks like yet because the image above is all we have so far and they’ve already said “design shown may change” as well.

In an interview with Forbes Jannard said, “I never believed that AR and VR would be successful as long as you needed a pair of glasses or a headset to view content. No one wants to drag around another piece of gear that has to be charged every day. Hydrogen opens the door to AR and VR with the one product that you carry with you all the time. We just added holography and stereo 3D for good measure.”

Even though we don’t know much about the device and haven’t seen it in action as of the time of this writing, you can still pre-order the Hydrogen One right now if you want on the official website in two versions: Aluminum for $1,195 and Titanium for $1,595, because why not? The Hydrogen One will start shipping in Q1 2018 and you also get an exclusive token for pre-ordering early. Those prices and the general availability of the device are not guaranteed at the time of release. Taxes and shipping also not included in that price. You can see a full spec sheet right here, but we’ll keep you posted as we find out more.

Let us know what you think down in the comments below!

  • Cesar Bidoia

    VR without glasses? nope.

  • Ted Joseph

    Anyone who says that AR will not work with a pair of glasses seems clueless… Has the CEO of this holographic smartphone tried the AR glasses that are being released this year at some of the electronic shows? You WONT need to carry anything else, just possibly your phone in your pocket… The truth is, people want to find another way to communicate that will not take so much effort taking a piece of hardware in and out of your pocket, straining your neck by looking down, etc. AR is coming bigtime! I love VR as well, and to me it has a bright future as well.

  • Thetrick

    This guy has no idea what he is talking about? How the hell are you going to do VR without something strapped to your head? He is referring to AR yet he throws around the word VR as if it exactly the same thing. If it doesn’t cover your entire field of view its not VR. This is a money grabbing scam. pay 1595 up front for a product that no one knows what it does.

    By the way people, I want to announce the unique opportunity to pre-order a watch that can do VR/AR. No need for cellphones or headsets, no need to use your hands. The entire VR experience will be attached to your wrist using our innovative Mathematical Synthesized Photon Reality Lighting Dimensional Soft Display (MSPRLDSD™). It will be available for pre-order starting on July 10 starting at 2000$ (Prices will be much higher at launch). Also for an extra 2000$ you can get the Platinum Prime Deluxe Special Edition X for and extra 2.99$ (Pre-order now while supply lasts).

  • This guy has no idea what he is talking about? How are you going to do VR without something strapped to your head? He is referring to AR yet he throws around the word VR as if it exactly the same thing. If it doesn’t cover your entire field of view its not VR. This might be a money grabbing scam. pay 1595 up front for a product that no one knows what it does.

    By the way people, I want to announce the unique opportunity to pre-order my company’s latest release, a watch that can do VR/AR. No need for cellphones or headsets, no need to use your hands. The entire VR experience will be attached to your wrist using our innovative Cyber Reality Augmented Panel (CRAP™) technology. It will be available for pre-order starting on July 10 starting at 2000$ (Prices will be much higher at launch). Also for an extra 2.99$ you can get the Platinum Prime Deluxe Special Edition X (Pre-order now while supply lasts).

    • Robert1592

      Sorry friend but your tech is already obsolete. I’m working on the
      worlds first neurologically controlled dimensional portal creator.
      Packaged inside a stylish wrist watch and directly connected to
      implanted brain sensors this technology will allow users to imagine
      complete virtual worlds and then simply walk into a dimensional
      portal projected ahead of you. I can’t show images or plans or any
      details as I don’t want my IP stolen but you can pre-order now for only
      $1999. Delivery time yet to be announced.

      • Wow! This is huge! Will it support multiplayer? In other words can I connect my CRAP™ to this device?

        • Robert1592

          Yes, we will accept your CRAP but only if you buy the optional extender cable for mind to mind interface. Currently out of stock but you can pre-purchase for an additional $500. Please note you must first send us a piece of brain matter as the cables are grown specifically for your DNA or rejection may occur.
          Seriously though, there seems to be a lot of gullibility happening in the world right now and journalists aren’t helping any by publishing any old nonsense without verification.

          • John Miller

            Im beta testing it works wonderful.

    • 1droidfan

      Does it come with a cloaking device?

  • Raphael

    It’s bullshit of course. This would have to project a 360 stereo 3d image around your room. Even then it wouldn’t give you the immersion you get with vr hmd. Jannard is talking pishbollocks.

  • Daniel Hügelmann

    The only way I could see this working without a Gear VR- or Daydream-like setup would be: The phone could project an image and the point of view changes as the viewer moves around with the phone in hand.

  • My comment? Show me the device and then I’ll judge. Until that time to me this is just vaporware