EXALOS AG is developing visible RGB superluminescent light-emitting diodes (SLEds) as illumination sources for next-gen AR microdisplays. SLEDs exhibit performance characteristics that bridge the gap between semi-conductor lasers and LEDs. They combine the potential of wide-color gamut and high efficiency with high-spatial coherence (high directionality) and low-temporal coherence (reduced speckle content/coherent artifacts). Consequently, they offer important benefits when used to illuminate near-to-eye MEMs-scanning architectures and spatial-light modulators in holographic display systems.
At the I-Zone, EXALOS demonstrated its first prototype cyano-green (490-500 nm) SLED and its new red-blue devices. It also demonstrated reduced speckle in a projection application; showing the advantage of their special light source known as “super amazing diode,” a speckle-free laser.
Filmed at the I-Zone demo and prototype area at SID Display Week, the world's largest and best exhibition for electronic information display technology.
Display Week’s I-Zone, sponsored by E Ink, is a unique exhibition-within-the-exhibition filled with demos and prototypes from around the world. Every year, dozens of applicants submit their pre-market and emerging products to compete for a free booth where they can share their inventions with buyers, manufacturers, potential partners, industry leaders and thousands of attendees.
Paul Travers, President and CEO at Vuzix talks about how Vuzix is about to ship the Vuzix Blade Developer Kit to developers, providing a wearable smart display with a see-through viewing experience utilizing Vuzix's proprietary waveguide optics and Cobra II display engine, to be able to see overlaid information, indoors or out, such as patient data, mapping directions, restaurant menus, weather information, alerts and more without picking up a smartphone. Vuzix Blade (see my previous videos about the Vuzix Blade here) can also synchronize and interact with a smartphone, allowing users to keep their phone in their pockets for almost everything where fashion meets technology in the wearable display arena. Vuzix also recently announced partnership to use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 Platform and also working with Plessey microLED Microdisplay Technology.
Vuzix is about to launch the mass manufacturing, they are already shipping a few samples to developers to prepare some of the killer apps that will be available. They will be providing two skews, one more basic consumer edition and more higher spec version for the enterprise. They support Alexa, it runs Android with all kinds of Augmented Reality and Smart Headmounted Dashboard type apps that can be developed. It also has a Smartphone app that simplifies the management of the smart glass, choosing which app to load in the UI.
The Motorola Pocketglass C200 is a monocular AR smartglass that is connected to a smartphone via a large pocket unit. The smartglass outputs AR content from the smartphone to your eyes with the Smartglass using a miniature projector. The price is expected to be $1000.
Daqri is a company which produces information technology for industrial uses. The Daqri Smart Helmet is a VR/AR helmet for industrial applications that uses 360-degree navigation cameras to analyze environments. Augmented reality can provide detailed information about work that is going on at a glance. The Smart helmet runs Ubuntu Linux and is based upon an Intel Core M7 processor, Intel realsense cameras, and offers 720p projection for each eye.
Asahi Glass, more commonly known as AGC, one of the core Mitsubishi companies, is the largest glass company in the world, headquartered in Tokyo Japan, here showing their future glass performance at SID Display Week 2017 promoted under the key words “Glass-as-a-platform” showing their advanced glass solutions that they think will help shape the future for the displays industry. AGC Asahi Glass shows the talking window for a future self-driving car with artificial intelligence, coordinating the total experience during travel, they show flexible cover glass, foldable Smartphones, Rollable PC, Seamless design PC, Cover glass for fingerprint authentication, together with the Shoichi Hasegawa Lab, AGC Asahi Glass presents the Optical performance of their Glascene in which high transparency and a good screen gainstand side by side will suitably provide a projected image based on augmented reality. Where the AGC Virtual concierge is effectively put into practice as a projected image on Glascene. Shoko Asahina, an animated character personifying AGC, is the virtual concierge aiming to have a social presence, waves her hand to attract your attention naturally. Together with Yasuaki Kakehi, AGC Asahi Glass presents also the Mirrorge which is a revolutionary display system on mirror for augmented reality. A highresolution display image and a good reflectivity just like an ordinary mirror stand sideby side in Mirrorge system. Mirroge proposes a creative space design and a brand new application in an architectural interior, enabling a new interactive AR (Augmented Reality) installation using high definition images displayed on the surface of the mirror.
Gamma Scientific Near Eye Display Measurement system is a machine for measuring displays that go into VR headsets, heads up displays, Augmented Reality devices, smart glasses and the like. The device can precisely measure the quality of any display. They claim this system to be the first to offer high spatial resolution color and contrast measurements for near eye displays, addressing the unique testing requirements to point in different directions to various areas in the virtual Image Field of view with the axis of rotation for the measurement optics in the eyebox area. Filmed at the I-Zone startups and New Tech Demos area at the SID Display Week.
LLvision smartglasses are smart glasses that use OLED display technology and feature a 20 degree field of view. Smartglasses are often used for enhanced or augmented reality such as games of information of nearby businesses. Filmed at the I-Zone of the SID Display Week.
eMagin Corporation is the first and leading manufacturer of the world's brightest active matrix OLED-on-silicon microdisplays. eMagin serves a variety of industries and has developed OLED microdisplay technology that enables next generation Consumer VR HMDs, First Responder applications including search and rescue and firefighting, Commercial products including medical imaging devices and Military products supporting ground soldiers, 3D simulation and training, aviation, etc. eMagin was founded in 1996 and has been a leader in advancing OLED microdisplay technology. Their latest breakthroughs include; 2K x 2K microdisplay first demonstrated in 2015 and Direct Patterned Displays with brightness exceeding 4000 nits. Filmed at the SID Display Week.
Corning Precision Glass TGV semiconductor packaging to enable revolutionary PCB designs, more compact, cheaper
Corning Precision Glass Solutions shows high precision wafer and panel format glass-based-solutions, enabling higher speeds, lower form factors and enhanced optical performance in a variety of applications. Corning suggests that their Glass can provide many opportunities for advanced packaging. The most obvious advantage is given by the material properties. As an insulator, glass has low electrical loss, particularly at high frequencies. The relatively high stiffness and ability to adjust the coefficient of thermal expansion gives advantages to manage warp in glass core substrates and bonded stacks for both through glass vias (TGV) and carrier applications. Glass also gives advantages for developing cost effective solutions. Glass forming processes allow the potential to form both in panel format as well as at thicknesses as low as 100 um, giving opportunities to optimize or eliminate current manufacturing methods.
At their SID Display Week 2017 booth, Corning also showcases some of their other technologies related to their Corning Glass for the display industry, including Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for improved drop performance for phones, Vibrant Corning Gorilla Glass for printing vibrate images on glass for decorative use, Corning Gorilla Glass for the Automotive market, that they claim is tougher than plastic, enabling high touch sensitivity and that can be cold formed into complex 3D shapes to enable the upcoming comformed display for automotive market. Corning Lotus NXT Glass enables conformed Smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ with edge conformed displays, higher resolutions, more brithness, better energy efficiency, and more innovative designs for smartphones with high performance backplane LTPS-LCD and LTPS-OLED.