Google is Enabling rich and immersive experiences in virtual and augmented reality, presented by Clay Bavor (at Google since 2005), Google Vice President of Virtual Reality where Google works to create an efficient and scalable software platform for rich VR and AR services to be powered by high performance, power-efficient ARM CPUs, GPUs, sensors, and where Google is also working with the Display insutry to bring amazing new ultra high resolution VR and AR displays to the market. As you can see in this video of the keynote, at the SID Display Week, Google announced they are working with Sharp to create ultra-high resolution LCD displays for VR optimized for very low lag time. Google also works to create 20megapixel per eye prototype VR and AR displays, amounting to 2.5x 4K resolution per eye. And Google is working with ARM and other companies to bring foveated rendering technology to not require the 100-150Gbit/s bandwith for VR and AR content once the microdisplays have such high resolution, this method involves using a camera to track where the eye is focusing and render a very high resolution of exactly what you’re looking at while keeping the resolution and detail lower for where you are not looking at directly, and doing all that accurately with minimal lag time.
CLEARink Displays Chairman and CEO, Frank Christiaens and VP of Engineering, Scott Ferguson, won "Best of Show" at SID DisplayWeek 2017 in Los Angeles. CLEARink Displays works on the principle of Total Internal Reflection (TIR) which occurs on the top plane of the display, when light is reflected back creating white state images. The top plane also encompasses an electrophoretic (ePaper) mechanism where an applied voltage causes black particles to rise to the top and cover the bottom surface of the film and absorb light, thus creating the black state. The bottom plane is a TFT substrate similar to what is used in the LCD industry, the backplane allows for pixel formation. This technology has all the benefits of electronic paper including low power, sunlight readability, extremely thin and light and flexible plus the added benefit of lower cost color and video. The CLEARink demos are running video at 30frames/second, some of the demos were hybrid static text and dynamic video on the same page. The company said that they are targeting eSchoolbooks, Wearables, Mobile Devices etc but they can also make products for Electronic Shelf Labels/IoT as well as Signage displays. CLEARink is in trial production in a LCD fab and will have samples ready for the customer in the next few months with mass production in Q1 2018.
AU Optronics R&D Manager JJ Lih presents some of AUO's latest displays such as their 5" 1280x720 Foldable Touch AMOLED, 1.4" and 1.2" High Resolution True Circular small bezel AMOLED 454x454 for the Smartwatch industry, 5.5" FHD Super Narrow Border 0.4mm LTPS LCD, 3.5" 480x320 Plastic Flexible Conformable LCD to be available on the market within one year. 12.3" FHD AMOLED for in-car Cluster, 12.3" Free-form LTPS LCD for in-car Cluster. 9" 1280x800 Curved LCD. 8.9" Free-form LCD for Rear-view Mirror. 15.6" QHD 120Hz LTPS LCD for Gaming. 13.3" 4K Ultra-low Power LTPS LCD using lower 15hz frequency. 13.3" 4K Ultra Narrow Border 1.5mm LTPS LCD. 15.6" 4K Ultra Narrow Border 2mm LTPS LCD. AUO also shows their 240Hz World's Highest Refresh Rate Gaming PC Monitor.
I am filming 75 videos at the SID Display Week conference in Los Angeles California. Check back for some awesome 4K videos, demonstrations of the latest most cutting edge displays that are to come in the future, and interviews with the people who invent them.