We don't operate in a vacuum . The pieces weren't in place 5 years ago .
Name someone making money in AR/VR right now .
Oculus ? Samsung ? MSFT ? HIMX ?
Microsoft Patent Application linked on aceofspDOTblogspotDOTcom
US20140375789A1 also 20140375789
Fig 3 & 4 optics look similar to our WF05
Also a shout out to OLED :
In other embodiments, the display subsystem may include an emissive micro-display, such as organic light emitting diode (OLED) array display types, inorganic light emitting diode (iLED) array display types, and/or any other suitable micro-display.
Here is Nvidia also working on an AR HMD
Pinlight Display: Light Field Glasses for Augmented-Reality Applications
The prototype uses an LCD panel however the original UNC research paper states that as an alternative a transparent OLED could also be used :
Computational Augmented Reality Eyeglasses
Alternate Configuration Alternatively, the augmented image formation and occluded real image phases can occur simultane- ously if an additional set of modulation layers are installed behind the backlight (i.e. farthest from the eye) for dedicated occluded real image formation. Augmented images are formed on the existing set of modulation layers, while leaving display regions that do not correspond to augmented images transparent. In this case, the back- light must provide selective light control over the display area (e.g. as with a transparent OLED display) so that only display regions corresponding to augmented objects are illuminated. The alterna- tive approach offers a higher frame rate at the expense of a thicker and likely dimmer display, due to multiplicative light loss through each of the additional layers.
aceofspDOTblogspotDOTcom has another video with the NVIDIA Near-Eye Light Field Display technology explained.
To make their prototype Nvidia stripped 2 OLED displays out of a Sony HMZ .
One factor that makes OLED work well with this tech is that high resolution is needed .
"However, there are also limitations at this point: The use of microlens arrays reduces spatial resolution by a factor of 5 or 6 (in the current prototype; Lytro cameras have a factor of about 10), but this problem will be solved as the resolution of OLED panels increases. "
And we're at 2K X 2K now .
Thanks to Ace at aceofspDOTblogspotDOTcom we have another article which gives a little more insight into the Microsoft VR unit .
The article confirms that units are currently in the hands of developers . This unit appears to be further along in development than our IHMD which suggests we may not be involved . However, I would like to point out some things .
We supply our WF05 optic as a stand alone product that can be used in devices with third party displays . I would assume our newly patent convex fiber optic will also be sold as a stand alone product. So optic sales are a possibility .
The Microsoft VR unit appears geared for the XBox console unit with no mention of PC gaming . Much of the high end (AAA) gaming takes place on PC to take advantage of the processing capabilities necessary to render & drive the video . The IHMD press release clearly stated that high-end gaming would be the first target market .
So while we may not be involved with the Xbox VR unit , there clearly could be another HMD developed for PC's .
Furthermore , lets not leave a company like NVIDIA out of the picture . They are one of the leading companies with regard to gaming graphics hardware and have a close relationship with MSFT . They currently sell a cheesy VR unit but look to be expanding into the VR glasses market .
Search on : Nvidia Near-Eye Light Field Display: Background, Design and History [Video]
Nvidia has also developed a graphics cards for VR:
Search on : Big News for VR : Nvidia's New Graphics Cards Are Designed for High Performance Virtual Reality Rendering
So Nvidia has a lot to gain by pushing the limits of VR on PC's to see more high end graphics cards sold & by seeing a high end VR unit developed to take advantage of that graphics card .
From the EMAN website confirming the current WF05 optic module can be sold as a stand alone :
The WFO5 optic is available in a complete Microviewer Module for eMagin’s Standard and OLED-XL™ Microdisplays, or as a stand-alone optical solution for use with third-party displays.
I believe our new patented convex fiber optic module will also be sold as a stand alone product.
 The transparent display 54 may be configured to enable a user to view a real-world object in the physical environment through one or more partially transparent pixels that are displaying a virtual object representation. In one example, the transparent display 54 may include image-producing elements located within lenses 204 (such as, for example, a see-through Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display). As another example, the transparent display 54 may include a light modulator on an edge of the lenses 204. In this example, the lenses 204 may serve as a light guide for delivering light from the light modulator to the eyes of a user.
Back in August 2013, the USPTO published a Microsoft patent for a VR headset that could be used outside. The patent described a number of head-mounted display devices that may include OLED displays, voice interaction, eye-tracking, facial recognition technology, three accelerometers and three gyroscopes to track the head movement.
posted at aceofspDOTblogspotDOTcom
Sony invents a wearable display to make your glasses smart
Today, the Japanese company reveals its latest experiment in this direction: an OLED microdisplay that attached to a person's glasses and provides relevant information in a "high-resolution" 640 x 400 color format.
Good work Rock .
A guess would be that prototypes were made for the military under the PHASE ll SBIR contract already & now a consumer version prototype is being developed . So we would be in PHASE lll . If this is true , it shouldn't take too long to develop the consumer prototype as the leg work has already been done IMO.
Another guess is that we are currently in PHASE II so we should be getting paid for producing the current prototype .
I think we would have 2 versions of the IHMD , one higher priced military spec version & a less expensive consumer version .
If anyone can dig up more information to see if PHASE II has been completed that would be great .
PHASE II: Prototype solution that can be demonstrated on existing virtual equipment (for example the Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT) type manned module).
PHASE III: Develop and market the application to military and civilian organizations with a need for virtual training using visor technology. This would include entertainment industry theme park equipment and the game industry. REFERENCEES: 1) Gdovin, D. P., Rodriguez (1998) COTs Usage - A Case Study, Proceedings of the 1998 ITEC Conference: 1998 ITEC Ltd. 2) Velger, Mordekhai "Helmet-Mounted Diplays and Sights" 1998 ARTECH HOUSE INC. ISBN 0-89006-822-4.
Acquisition Program: PEO STRI; PM CATT
Objective: Develop a low cost, wide field of view and lightweight helmet mounted display (HMD) capable of simple attachment and detachment to aviator helmets (CH-47, UH-60, AH-64A, AH-64D).
Description: Current HMDs are mounted on generic helmets, requiring pads and air bladders to achieve a reasonable fit. Aviators complain of discomfort due to fit and weight, resulting in reduced training time.
PHASE I: Provide an innovative concept that has high resolution light weight optics that can be easily attached and removed from aviator helmets without modification to the helmets. The design concept should meet or exceed existing capabilities of overall weight of helmet and optics of less than 5 pounds; ability to display XVGA data for a resolution of at least 1024 by 768. Provide a field of view of at least 100 degrees horizontal by 50 degrees vertical. The Phase 1 work effort will provide the research team with a better understanding of the design constraints associated with building such a system. The goal of this effort is to prove the concept feasibility and determine the engineering challenges to be faced in Phase 2 when building a prototype. Engineering challenges include deployability, brightness, field of view, and ergonomics issues. Candidate microdisplay technologies must be examined with tradeoffs considered. A suitable optics solution will have to be researched to meet the required field of view parameters. A strategy will have to be formed for mechanically housing the optics and mounting it to military headgear, considering size and weight factors. Electronics must be researched to drive the microdisplays, and research is required to ensure proper power while minimizing size and weight parameters.
The newly acquired patent references an SBIR proposal & contract :
The concept of using a fiber optic plate which is plano on the phosphor side and in contact with an OLED phosphor and a convex opposite side combined with a cube eyepiece was demonstrated to NVIS Inc. Reston, Va. prior to this application with regard to using this concept in an Army SBIR proposal A04-222, now Contract W91 RB08C 0151
The Console War Is Over: The PC Already Won
Despite a declining overall PC market, gaming systems are alive and well. So alive, in fact, that the PC gaming segment is already twice the size of the console gaming market – and growing. A report just released by John Peddie Research (JPR) claims that the PC gaming market will tip $21.5B this year and grow to over $23B in 2017.
Here's where it gets interesting :
“NVIDIA, Intel, and AMD have enthusiast CPUs and GPUs that are so powerful, when combined with SSD’s and fast memory they absolutely trounce the computing power and gaming capabilities of the newest console generation. Being able to drive 3840 × 2160 (4K) at acceptable frame rates is already a reality for the highest end configurations.”
So guess what 2 2K X 2K tiled (side by side) EMAN displays in the IHMD would be :
4,000 X 2,000 or 4K
EMAN has already demonstrated a tiled configuration back in 2004 using fiber optic taper bundle :
The ultra high resolution display uses eMagin's bundled fiber optic elements to effectively couple four SVGA displays into a single UXGA (ultra extended graphics array) display.
The company is showing a display configuration that comprises four bundled UXGA displays functioning as a single full color 5.7 million picture elements (1600 x 3 x 1200) display. The fiber optic effectively magnifies the image and brings the new image up to the new surface plane of the fiber optic.
while the new patent 20120134030 uses a convex fiber optic bundle
Nice analogy .
Here's another one :
When I was a kid I got an AM radio . Then I discovered FM .
Oculus Rift - AM
EMAN IHMD - FM
Here's a post from aceofspDOTblogspotDOTcom
Full game support for Oculus Rift is "years away", says Dying Light dev
"But, with that level of complexity like Dying Light, I think it’s going to take years. To get it to a point where gamers can comfortably play for three hours on a couch, I think it’s going to take years. Not just from the technological game perspective, but from the hardware too."
So even with a 2B FB investment in Oculus , tons of developers working on software and gaming Guru Carmack on the case it may take years .
Seems to me the Z800 was all dressed up with no place to go .
Augmented reality has been featured on the Hype Cycle since 2008, and Gartner releases an annual update to the Hype Cycle showing how close technologies are to high growth adoption. Below is a graph showing AR’s position on the Hype Cycle from 2008 – 2013. AR’s projected positioning on the Hype Cycle for 2014 is also included.
See graph in article to see where AR falls throughout the cycle :
Technology Trigger - 2008-2010
Peak of Inflated Expectations - 2010 -2012
Trough of Disillusionment - 2012 -2014
Slope of Enlightenment - 2015
Plateau of Productivity -
You mean bill's friend ex EMAN employee alpha56yan ?
Hope Bill's godly powers can stop an insider trading investigation .