eMagin Corporation showcased its organic light-emitting diode (OLED) microdisplay technology in four virtual imaging applications at this year's SIGGRAPH Cyberfashion 4 event Wednesday evening at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
"Cyberfashion lets us visualize a future where virtual imaging is ubiquitous," said Susan Jones of eMagin. "Our OLED microdisplays deliver the high-color, high-contrast content that make virtual imaging compelling."
eMagin displays were highlighted in four applications in the Cyberfashion event.
The eMagin Z800 3DVisor, which first became available at the end of June, provides a view equivalent to a 105-inch screen at twelve feet in both 2D and 3D modes. Its high-speed head tracker enables 360-degree virtual-surround viewing. Completing this experience is an integrated, audio system with high fidelity ear buds and a built-in noise-canceling microphone. In addition, the Z800 3DVisor delivers this experience while drawing its power from any standard USB port with no additional power sources. The Z800 3DVisor allows PC users to have large private screen views and PC game players to step virtually inside the game.
The Fire Warrior Micro Thermal Camera employs a state-of-art bolometer to collect critical information and display it through a hands-free virtual imaging module developed by eMagin. The camera lets personnel see through smoke and darkness to locate hot spots. The infrared camera runs up to four hours on two AA batteries. In addition, the camera's (OLED) display starts delivering data on startup, even at temperatures as low as -40 degrees Centigrade.
Liteye Systems' LE500 provides a high-performance, rugged package based on patented optics and an eMagin SVGA+ OLED microdisplay. The LE500 features user-selectable, see-through or occluded capability for augmented reality applications. Liteye developed proprietary optics specifically to further enhance the contrast and clarity of the eMagin OLED display.
eMagin's prototype eGlass monocular personal display system runs off USB power, weighs under three ounces, provides high speed video using OLED technology, and permits users to see the equivalent of a 105 inch virtual screen. The eGlass display is designed for use in mobile industrial and commercial applications requiring access to high information content hands free data and video.
In addition, at the SIGGRAPH exhibition this week, 5DT (Fifth Dimension Technologies) featured its OLED based 800-40 Head Mounted Display (HMD) which provides for user configurable immersion levels. Other features are adjustable top/back ratchets, a mounting base for head trackers and a flip-up mode for reality checks.
"It's exciting that while these eMagin-equipped products let us glimpse the virtual future of imaging and computing, they are available now," said Jones. "These products provide greatly enhanced personal mobility with virtual access to high resolution images, complete web pages, documents, and personal entertainment."
The annual high-tech fashion show was held in conjunction with the SIGGRAPH 2005 International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.
eMagin integrates high-resolution OLED microdisplays, magnifying optics, and systems technologies to create a virtual image that appears comparable to that of a computer monitor or a large-screen television.
CyberFashion 0100 is produced by Alex Lightman and Isa Gordon. Gordon is the artistic director of the Psymbiote Project, a creative cybernetics research collaboration that explores the cultural, theoretical, and practical applications of being cyborg.