From innovative VR glasses to new 75-inch 4K TV, every gadget has been equipped with micro display technology. Gadgets are getting slim and sleek along with offering exceptional viewing experience with extraordinary contrast ratio.
Micro displays are becoming increasingly important as the size of gadgets are getting smaller and users are demanding enhanced experience.
Tech giants and new firms have been striving to bring new technology through enormous research and development activities.
From Apple to Luci, from Samsung to Zacuto, various gadgets have been gaining micro LED and OLED displays that offer advantages such as less power consumption and better form factor.
From innovative VR glasses to new 75-inch 4K TV, every gadget has been equipped with micro display technology.
Gadgets are getting slim and sleek along with offering exceptional viewing experience with extraordinary contrast ratio. From commercial applications to military applications, the need for micro displays has arisen and technology has been advanced to cater to the need.
Novel products have been launched and prototypes have been developed by leading players and startups as well. The future holds a new set of devices that would bring the transformation in the world.
The boom in micro display demand has resulted in the growth of the global market. According to the research firm Allied Market Research, the global micro display market is expected to reach $3 billion by 2022. Following are some of the activities taking place in the industry:
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- Dual micro-OLED VR headset to take entertainment to next level:
- The U.S. Air Force Researchers looking for upgrade:
- Zacuto’s 1080p Micro OLED Kameleon EVF to offer advantages over previous versions:
- Apple’s foldable and rollable displays featuring sizeable OLED surface:
- Samsung’s 75-inch 4K TV utilizing MicroLED modules:
- AU Optronics’s new MicroLED display technology:
Dual micro-OLED VR headset to take entertainment to next level:
The entertainment is getting to the whole new dimension with innovative VR glasses equipped with micro-OLED displays are coming into the market.
Luci has unveiled its Luci Immers, a VR headset equipped with dual micro-OLED. The California-based firm is a subsidiary of AT Holding.
Minqin “Crystal” Tang, the Executive Vice President at Luci, stated that though the company has entered the market late, it would cover the part of market that has not covered by its competition.
Commenting on the headset, Tang told VentureBeat that the design of headset is sleek and small. Through the combination of a head-mounted display and luxury design, the company aims to revolutionize the entertainment industry.
It weighs nearly 140 grams, which is less than 40 percent of other headsets. The dual micro-OLED offers very clear optics along with an excellent contrast ratio.
The 70-degree field of view enables viewers to watch the video equivalent to a 1,023-inch HD TV screen. Moreover, the pixel density of the virtual screen is 3,147 pixels per inch (PPI) and contrast ratio of 100,000:1.
It offers native 3D effects along with a response time of less than a millisecond. The quality of the screen is enhanced to such extent that viewers will not see any “screen door effect.” The product is designed for people who need to travel a lot and want to relax a bit during the traveling.
The U.S. Air Force Researchers looking for upgrade:
Researchers of the U.S. Air Force have been searching for companies that can build micro OLED displays for upgrading the military electronics. Owing to advantages provided by OLED displays, such as simple structure and less power consumption, over currently deployed LCD displays, the U.S. Air Force researchers have been looking for upgrade.
For Air Force applications, an OLED display needs 640 by 480 pixels, with a pixel pitch, not more than 15-microns. In addition, these displays need to be resistant to shock and vibration and should operate within temperature range of -40 to 65 degrees Celsius.
The contrast ratios must be more than 10,000:1. The color pixel format required is 2,048-by-2,048-pixel within 1.25-inch package capable of showing a minimum of 256 different gray levels.
Researchers have been looking for companies that would provide manufacturing capabilities that would offer economically viable and military-grade micro-OLED displays.
Zacuto’s 1080p Micro OLED Kameleon EVF to offer advantages over previous versions:
Zacuto has revealed its new 1080p Micro OLED Kameleon EVF having the input options such as HDMI and SDI. This product is advanced as compared to its Gratical EVF.
The size is slimmer than Gratical HD and larger than Gratical Eye. On the other hand, the inputs are on side and back of the product unlike Gratical HD. The EVF has a capability to handle 4K inputs and offers 3D LUT support.
One of the striking features of an EVF is its 16×9 video with overlay. It has a contrast ratio of 10,000:1 along with color depth of 24 bit RGB. Its refresh rate is 60Hz and provides resolution of 1920x1080p. This device is expected to bring features such as False Color, Zebra Stripes, Histogram, and others.
Apple’s foldable and rollable displays featuring sizeable OLED surface:
Apple has been focusing on new innovations, according to the patents published by the World Intellectual Property Organization.
According to the publications, the company has been working on foldable and rollable displays for Apple Watch.
The curved display is spread across the entire watch face along with band and it will turn the watch into sizeable OLED surface, which can be utilized for showing additional information.
This OLED surface will change the functionality along with changing the color of the entire watch. In addition, the company has been working on micro LED display that would offer advantages related to form factor and power consumption.
Samsung’s 75-inch 4K TV utilizing MicroLED modules:
Samsung (like other manufacturers) has come up with a 75-inch 4K TV that uses the similar MicroLED foundation as The Wall. It combines the “individual tiles of self-emissive MicroLEDs, featuring millions of inorganic red, green and blue microscopic LED chips that emit their own bright light to produce brilliant colors on screen.”
One of the striking features of the new product is its exceptional picture quality that beats OLED without any pitfalls of organic compounds.
MicroLED displays are very challenging to manufacture in mass, as each of RGB sub-pixels need to be placed carefully between the tight spaces. Even if one of them is place wrong, the entire display could become a bust.
Despite the difficulties, Samsung has taken a challenge and strongly believes that the MicroLED display is suitable for people. It is the only company going for mass production of MicroLED displays.
The modular design enables production of any size and aspect ratio. Two plates consist of MicroLED module. The back plate has hooks that can be extended with twist for its ease in attachment to walls modules.
The company outlined that the size of these modules would change as it makes its way for customers. The main display part is attached to back plate magnetically. It will be interesting to see how it will be accepted worldwide.
AU Optronics’s new MicroLED display technology:
AU Optronics revealed its 12.1-inch diagonal full-color display having a resolution of 1920×720 pixel. It offers the highest resolution in the form of full color TFT driven MicroLED display technology.
In addition, this new display provides 169 dots per inch (DPI) and a distance between micro-LEDs is less than 30 µm. As it is equipped with MicroLED display, it has an ability to control each pixel independently.
Moreover, it offers high brightness, infinite contrast, and high color gamut. Only organic LED (OLED) offers infinite contrast. The launch of MicroLED display technology would offer numerous advantages for the company as it intends to exceed the performance offered by OLEDs.