Monday, March 31, 2014
Virtuix Omni Virtual Reality Interview: Must have been a messy divorce after the Oculus-Virtuix "Shark Tank" debacle
Virtuix CEO demos treadmill sans Oculus and only mentions Sony as VR provider. Actually it looks like more fun than when the user has the Oculus crankcase glued to their noggin.
If you spent 60 Euro on a Dive Mask HMD I think you overpayed:Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets
Durovis Dive gives you the same experience for €60 ($82.49)http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/31/review_durovis_dive_htc_oculus_facebook/
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Oops, another day another dive mask HMD,worth at least $1.5 Billion and just think they built it last night in Canada of all places, Yuval hurry up with those Floral Prints
A good time to revisit Ralph and his thoughts on Augmented Reality Glasses in light of Microsoft's purchase of his IP related for same. Around 4 minute mark hear him in two sentences destroy Oculus and Facebooks VR ambitions. They can hire Carmack, Abrash, Blezinski, any other big brain they can find and never get past that reality.
He describes an RGB configuration for his glasses, we can take a second and think of a direct patterned display much brighter, smaller form factor and much more efficient and imagine what he might say today.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
First thing Monday morning Sensics CEO Yuval Boger will announce they are now accepting Bitcoin or returnable bottles and cans: As of today, this man will let you legally buy a gun with bitcoin
Friday, March 28, 2014
Thanks Ralph for the Common Sense:Microsoft Paid Up To $150M To Buy Wearable Computing IP From The Osterhout Design Group ODG's IP vs Rift's one filed Patent Zuckerberg talks a big game
“In terms of what we’re doing [at ODG], we don’t make weapons. We make things that can help people do their jobs,” he says. “The real focus are features that are applicable in the consumer space, too.” In other words, ODG may already be talking to other companies for consumer products; or its door is open to that possibility.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Man, these folks are bitter and who can blame them, the idiot-savant took them for a ride: from Oculus Discussion Forum on Reddit
Nobody wants to hear your fucking excuses, it's all spelled out plain as day to us.
Nothing else matters but this statement, the focus of everybody's rage:
You took crowdsourced money and flipped it for profit.
I don't want to hear about what you're doing with the money, I don't want to hear about the future of your company or your concept and I especially don't want to hear any fucking excuses for your behavior.
You are a deceitful, immoral opportunist and I won't stop attempting to discredit you so long as you have an iota of relevance.
You've crushed the dreams of tens of thousands of people with a single stroke. You elevated us to points we'd never thought we'd see. And then you cruelly slashed the supports on our bridge to the future and cackled as you held our possessions and turned away.
This... whatever the fuck this post is supposed to be is the biggest fucking slap in the face of all. How long have you been cobbling together this pile of bullshit doubletalk? Weeks? Months?
You address absolutely fucking nothing important in this statement and only serve to press us on further in our tearing down of your image.
If there's any way to reverse this deal, do it.
Do it now.
Before history remembers you as the man who chose money over people."
Zuckerberg is a frigging nutjob: Real Scientists, serious people not the overcaffeinated hypergeeks at OR are already doing this i.e. TATRC Tele-medicine
Big boost for the Virtuix: LOL! :"Oculus Boosts Funding Appeal of Virtual-Reality Startups": Tech : Google it if interested, Bloomberg = Commie Bastards
“There are not that many companies” in the virtual-reality space, Entner said. “Right now, there’s more money chasing good opportunities since the last time we had a bubble.”
Well, then they did buy the wrong company, cell phone display are only large format, the ignorance on this subject is staggering LOL X 2B
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Himax's Share Price Ride: Is BofA Merrill Lynch To Blame? Seeking Alpha dances rather clumsily around the issues and throws in some Oculus stuff for some reason
"The report quoted weaker projected LCoS and margin projections while raising 2015's estimated sales growth from 30% to 32.5%."
But why weaker LCOS demand?
Because the BOA note cited short battery life and poor performance in bright light situations. (see story below)
Oculus on the other hand, what?, roller coasters, gender swap, Jerry Seinfeld's apartment, it's a joke, add to that no consumer version as yet, self confessed big engineering challenges which I maintain are not fixable due to the HMD's total isolation of the brain and the inevitability of simulator sickness to one degree or the other. The ergonomics, it looks like a cracker box tethered to your head, lack of awareness of one's surroundings, the lack of Patent protection, not being submitted for Medical or Legal Review as of yet. Are you kidding me, 2 Billion Dollars?
Google will overcome the recognized deficiencies in Glass, brightness and power consumption when they swap out the LCOS display for eMagin's AMOLED High Brightness, High Performance displays. Sculley mentioned "Google Glass" numerous times at eMagin's Needham Presentation. It's inevitable.
Yeah buddy, you caught the Golden Ring, you win a Kewpie, you found the needle in the haystack, pot o' gold, end of rainbow etc
$EMAN on track to demonstrate a functional, direct patterned, ultra-high brightness VGA resolution by the end of the second quarter.— Easy Now (@now_easy) March 26, 2014
"This partnership is one of the most important moments for virtual reality: it gives us the best shot at truly changing the world. It opens doors to new opportunities and partnerships, reduces risk on the manufacturing and work capital side, allows us to publish more made-for-VR content, and lets us focus on what we do best: solving hard engineering challenges and delivering the future of VR."
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Facebook-Oculus PR said that "Mobile is the future" and the Oculus is the platform of the future
hey Zuckerberg, the Oculus is not mobile and just and I mean just Virtual Reality, Mobile Augmented Reality is the future. If the dive mask is worth 2 billion eMagin is worth 10.
I think eMagin CEO Sculley put on a clever disguise to get in on this meeting with Himax to get the word out
"power consumption needs to decline to project better images for 16 hours, resolution (when used in bright sunlight) needs to improve"
Monday, March 24, 2014
No shit, Sherlock: "The Rift is basically a TV screen that sits in front of your eyes while you’re wearing a set of blacked-out ski goggles."
Sunday, March 23, 2014
For some reason Tariq Ali, Senior Manager eMagin is Chairing Session 10 at Display Week, "Flexible Displays (OLEDs)
Saturday, March 22, 2014
One Problem Chris, as many games are played in the sunshine you are going to need High Brightness Displays
Friday, March 21, 2014
Read these back to back and not one story anywhere about this breakthrough, Feintuch, MBS, Display Central, Photonics Online, Optics.org, Oled-Info, not one story.
From eMagin August 2012:
"The Company is moving forward with work on direct patterning for color displays. No other company to management’s knowledge is capable of patterning the OLED emission layer at the small pixel size of eMagin’s displays. OLED microdisplay companies use color filters to get full color displays. Direct patterning will improve the display efficiency or brightness by a factor of 4 to 5."
From eMagin March, 2014:
"Recently, we successfully tested our direct patterning technique and are on track to demonstrate a functional, direct patterned, ultra-high brightness VGA resolution display as well as even higher resolution functional, direct patterned, ultra-high brightness displays by the end of the second quarter. There is a large and growing market for high-brightness, high- performance microdisplays that can address even the most demanding near-to-eye applications."
If they don't get on the wrong plane, mix up the dates, forget to pay the Exhibitor fee or have an emergency meeting with a customer they SHOULD be occupying booth #1721 at Display Week this June in San Diego
"What I do see is scopes such as these being used in more of a Designated Marksman role at the platoon level."
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Sculley first said the EVF Market is "tough" subsequently he said the Car HUD Market is "tough" so holding our breath we are not.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
It's like, if the Hipsters went to war with the LGBTs or Starbucks Baristas went to war with 7-11 Clerks
That's a kneeslapper John, everybody and their uncle have invented an Oculus _____ whatever, who needs Mr. Palmer?
Trivia: I had suggested to Sony that they try to hire Palmer Luckey before the Oculus kick starter.— John Carmack (@ID_AA_Carmack) March 19, 2014
and Mr. Andreessen chimes in to defend the Honor of his Chosen
@ID_AA_Carmack But he was unemployable then, right? :-)— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) March 19, 2014
I was perplexed by Sculley's statement on the Conference Call that the wire bond issue affected three companies with distinct uses
And yet more Fortaleza:Report: Microsoft working on augmented reality headset for Xbox: "If you kids are going to play outside with those stupid glasses you're going to need high brightness displays arencha?" "Yes Mother"
Sony announces PS4 virtual reality initiative Project Morpheus: Sony silently slips dagger into the belly of Oculus, good thing Team OR has Ironclad Patent Protection
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Put those petty concerns aside Marv, they designed Google Glass that way on purpose to fight the NSA and the Orwellian Surveillance Society of today
Forktrucks too!: Noser Engineering AG Showcase How Augmented Reality and Smart Wearable Devices will Shape the Future of B2B, Work and Productivity at X-Days
Monday, March 17, 2014
Yuval Boger like you've never seen him before in the Sensicsulus Rift, this automatically should render Dive Mask HMDs devices so uncool nobody below the age of 40 would buy one
Operating Status Update - Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate is CLOSED on Monday, 17 March, 2014.— Night Vision (@NVESD) March 17, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014
"We designed the Yugo in a way that diminishes the possibility of ever getting a Speeding Ticket, additionally we felt the more the car was in for repair the less likely you were to be in a traffic accident"
(Pssst... it's the LCOS Microdisplay's fault)
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2014/03/12/5764109/emagin-reports-fourth-quarter.html#storylink=cpy
Friday, March 14, 2014
"Other vendors mentioned in the report are Audi AG, Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) AG, Daimler AG, eMagin Corp., Garmin International Inc., General Motors Co., Jabil Circuit Inc., Microoled, Syndiant Inc., Toyota Motor Corp., Visteon Corp., Vuzix Corp., and WiseChip Semiconductor Inc."
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Editorial Comment : Most definitely a case of not being able to see the forest with all those trees in the way
Part of the problem MBS and Others, the problems partly educative if you catch my drift, there is some sizzle if you knew how to disseminate it: Example: No mention of eMagin in this Report
It was suprising to hear Sculley particularly reference "Training and Simulation" as Jerry Carollo's latest project
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
"The advantages of indirect view vision systems are becoming apparent in the modern battlefield. The transition from current direct view (photon coupled) night vision goggle systems to indirect view (electronically coupled) systems is dependent upon the ability to achieve comparable resolution and power consumption to currently fielded systems. The micro display is a key component in the indirect view system and as such must address the resolution and power consumption issue head on. Near term planned head mounted display (HMD) research approaches are addressing these issues through chip level electronic integration and parallel processing to reduce data handling requirements. Novel materials and processes are sought to develop a high resolution micro-display with both improved electro-optical performance and greater power efficiency. Currently developing micro-displays for military applications use broadband emitters that are subsequently filtered to provide the sub-pixel red, green, and blue (RGB) colors. The color filtering exacerbates the already difficult problem of providing sufficient brightness in a small pixel (~15 um) micro-display architecture. Since each sub-pixel must discard approximately 2/3 of the broadband emissions, the resultant color filtered display luminance is reduced to one third of the original emitter/modulator luminance. Direct patterning emissive sub-pixels will provide a 3X increase in micro-display brightness that translates directly into reduced power and increased micro-display component operational life. The elimination of the color filters will also provide increased color fidelity in the display. Three separate, narrow band emitters will provide a color gamut that meets or exceeds current NTSC display standards thereby providing improved distinction and recognition of color coded data, such as maps, IFF, and chroma-keyed image fusion algorithms. Due to the high bandwidth of 2K x 2K, full color video information, high density micro-display approaches are anticipated to require 3D silicon architectures. These micro-displays must exhibit the fundamental parameters of resolution, luminance contrast, chromatic fidelity yet may not sacrifice power efficiency, thermal management, and operational lifetime to achieve electro-optical performance goals. These factors shall be achieved for display luminance levels > 50 fL operation. This topic is considered to be an enabling technology for solid state night vision system-on-chip concepts. "
“Recent improvements to our manufacturing processes have resulted in greater up time on the new SNU OLED deposition tool and improving yield,” stated Andrew Sculley, President and CEO. “As our manufacturing processes continue to improve during 2014, we expect to move essentially all of our commercial production to the SNU. This will allow us to increase our utilization of the Satella machine for its intended research purposes while better meeting our customers’ needs.”“We continue to see strong and growing demand in our key market segments and the outlook for OLED microdisplays over the next several years remains positive”
Mr. Sculley continued, “We are optimistic that we will see a return to revenue growth this year as a result of the improvement in our operations. However, first quarter revenue will be similar to our fourth quarter 2013 revenue as we have temporarily stopped shipment of certain displays to three customers to address a possible bonding problem in a microdisplay that was brought to our attention. We are actively addressing this and hope to resolve the situation quickly.
“While we have been intensely focused on improving our manufacturing processes and will continue to focus there, we have not neglected technology advancement, including ultra-high brightness microdisplays and direct patterning. Recently, we successfully tested our direct patterning technique and are on track to demonstrate a functional, direct patterned, ultra-high brightness VGA resolution display as well as even higher resolution functional, direct patterned, ultra-high brightness displays by the end of the second quarter. There is a large and growing market for high-brightness, high- performance microdisplays that can address even the most demanding near-to-eye applications. By continuing to invest in high performance, ultra-high brightness microdisplays and direct patterning, we intend to remain at the forefront of AMOLED microdisplay technologies.”
Full Year Results
For the year ended December 31, 2013, total revenues were $28.0 million versus $30.6 million for 2012. Product sales for 2013 increased $203,000, to $26.3 million, offset by a 62% decrease in contract revenue due to general reductions in funding for research and development projects including those for the U.S. Government. Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2013, totaled $8.4 million versus $14.9 million for 2012. Gross margin for 2013 was 30% versus 49% for 2012 due to higher production, labor and material costs.
For 2013, research and development expenses were $5.0 million or 18% of revenue, up from $4.7 million or 16% of revenue in 2012, mainly related to increases in personnel costs and related expenses to support research and development activities and fewer funded R&D contracts.
Selling, general and administrative expenses for 2013 were $8.6 million, about the same as 2012. Non-cash compensation and professional fees decreased and personnel costs increased. In addition, the Company accrued $0.5 million for litigation expenses.
The operating loss for 2013 was $5.2 million versus operating income of $1.6 million for 2012. The Company booked non-cash charges to the Provision for Income Tax of $8.9 million to establish a full valuation allowance for its deferred tax asset. This increased net loss (after tax) for 2013 to $14.1 million, or ($0.60) per diluted share, versus net income of $2.3 million or $0.06 per diluted share, for 2012. Adjusted EBITDA for 2013 was a loss of $1.7 million compared to earnings of $4.5 million in 2012.
During 2013, eMagin continued to fund its activities and the expansion of its business in military, industrial and consumer markets exclusively through cash generated from operations. At December 31, 2013, the Company had approximately $11.0 million of cash, cash equivalents and investments in certificates of deposit and corporate bonds, compared to $13.4 million at December 31, 2012.
Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $6.1 million versus $8.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2012.
Pre-tax net loss for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $3.3 million. The Company booked a non-cash charge to Provision for Income Tax of $5.4 million to establish a full valuation allowance of its deferred tax asset. This increased net loss (after tax) to $8.7 million, or ($0.37) per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.8 million or $0.04 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2012. Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $2.1 million compared to earnings of $1.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Recent Corporate Highlights
- The DSVGA, eMagin’s new digital SVGA display, is continuing to undergo qualification testing and is expected to be released for production by the end of the year. This product will provide the Company’s customers with all of the advantages of its latest technology in a digital display. eMagin has numerous customers interested in this new display and the Company is planning to integrate it into new products to be announced. The DSVGA silicon has been qualified and is nearing production release.
- The SXGA096, our new, smaller pixel size SXGA display, is being redesigned to a new form factor. Wafers have been received and scheduled for their first run. eMagin’s objective is to ship working displays in the very near term. The SXG096 will provide eMagin’s customers with the high resolution of an SXGA display but with a smaller form factor and lower cost of production than larger pixel SXGA displays.
- Work continues on a new display under contract with a customer. The custom development work was completed on schedule, delivery of prototypes occurred in December 2013. Additional contract work is being negotiated for conducting formal qualification.
- Work continues on a color, high brightness, high-resolution avionics display with funding from the US Navy. The Company has already demonstrated the direct patterning technique and is on track to demonstrate a functional direct patterned ultra-high brightness VGA resolution display in the near term. eMagin also expects to demonstrate higher resolution functional direct patterned ultra-high brightness displays by the end of the second quarter. Customer evaluations will begin following these demonstrations.
- eMagin's Color OLED-XLSTM technology provides the highest OLED microdisplay luminance on the market, providing up to 1,000 nits in full color and is capable of a contrast ratio of 100,000:1 a at room temperature. This level of performance allows our customers to use our displays in "see-through" augmented reality applications, work effectively with wide field of view optics for entertainment and training and simulation and multispectral fused systems for the military. The Color OLED-XLSTM is fully compatible with eMagin's entire VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA and WUXGA product lines, which are available for shipment as engineering samples. The full qualification of these displays as a product is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2014.
- eMagin continues to ship displays for the FELIN Soldier Modernization Program in France, to BAE/Oasys, to FLIR in Sweden for three industrial thermal camera EVFs, and to BCF Technology in Scotland for the BUG Binocular Ultrasound Goggles among others.
- In January, management presented the Company’s story to institutional investors at the Sidoti Semi-Annual Microcap Conference and the Needham Growth Stock Conference.
eMagin is postponing 2014 revenue guidance due to uncertain timing around the resumption of shipments of certain displays to three customers as noted above.
Full Year & Quarterly Report and Conference Call
Full results will be published in the Company's 10-K report for the full year and fourth quarter ending December 31, 2013, scheduled to be filed with the SEC by March 14, 2014. Final results will also be available via the Company’s website, www.emagin.com. A conference call and live webcast will begin at 4:45 p.m. ET today. An archive of the webcast will be available one hour after the live call through April 12, 2014. To access the live Webcast or archive, please visit the Company's website at ir.emagin.com or www.earnings.com.
In short, the applications for Google Glass are powerful and almost unlimited. It's one wearable technology that will revolutionize many areas of life."
Greatest Invention in the History of the World leaves users "dazed for hours", Crystal Cove decreases that effect "a bit" No software, hardware remedy for brain isolation, Marc Andreessen hardest hit
Sony’s VR tech will be revealed at GDC – and it represents virtual reality gaming’s greatest hope
Longer stretches of play are leaving players dazed for hours afterwards at this point. Indie studio Streum On Studio is developing SpaceHulk: Deathwing for Oculus Rift, and it too says VR must overcome this problem. “Oculus seems to be working hard on that,” says studio associate Longuepee Christophe. “The new HD version seems to have started to decrease this effect a bit.”
Unusual Volume At tech sector: MIND (NASDAQ:MNDO), eMagin Corporation (NYSEMKT:EMAN), Glowpoint (NYSEMKT:GLOW), Criteo SA (NASDAQ:CRTO)
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Kopin Corporation Provides Business Update and Fourth-Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013 Operating Results
"Man, you look like you just found out you're losing $40 Million this year"
Outside the U.S., Buyers in Hot Pursuit of Night Vision Goggles: April 2014 : iAware (eMagin Inside) wanted by Militaries in Asia : Photonis Competitor! LOL
"The more advanced fusion goggles that combine traditional night vision with infrared imaging are still restricted from export to most countries, says Morgan, although the market is starting to open up for Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom."
A Few Simple Questions for Comrade Sculley Beyond "Why do you hate me?" "Do you guys have any idea what the hell you're doing?" "Are you in business to make money?" You know the obvious ones
2) When discussing "Google Glass" are you discussing a category of Products or the referenced device in particular?
3) You have repeated on numerous occasions that Sony builds their OLED Displays for their own equipment solely. You also say you consider Sony your only direct competitor. In that case whose displays are in this new wave of Cameras being introduced at present with OLED EVFs in them?
OK then, maybe we should excise any eMagin participation in this sector for the time being.
Monday, March 10, 2014
"Information on our system integrated with the XM2010 platform is coming soon!"
Stevie Wonder could see this coming.
Thanks Lurker For This: As both previous iterations of ENVG have eMagin displays ENVG III will use them as well and it's good to see that the display does not represent a challenge to the capability
"They also want to be able to aim their weapons without exposing themselves to enemy fire."
and improved resolution:
"In addition to receiving imagery wirelessly, the future goggle will have improved resolution and a wider field of view, she explains. Once the new sights are ready, ENVG III will be retrofitted with a smart battery pack that will provide the wireless connectivity."
And this is the reason that Nett Warrior as comprised now with a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone is a stop gap measure until Exelis get's the go-ahead to field the Individual Soldier System for the US Military.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Explorers are finding out on a routine basis that the Battery Life of the LCOS Displays in Google Glass
"There are still some big issues hampering the app. I was concerned about the app’s ability to accurately track speed, as the numbers on the display seemed to lag behind when I rode up and down hills. Strava might be able to improve on that, but the company can only optimize its app so much to make up for another big problem: Glass’s poor battery life (Google says it’s good for “one day of typical use,” though in my medium-to-heavy use I never got more than several hours out of it). After a relatively short ride from home to the ocean and back—about six miles—with frequent checks of my stats, Glass had lost a significant amount of power. To last through a multi-hour ride, you’d really want to limit these checks, which defeats the purpose of seeing such information in real time."
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Some Lively Trading Today because of "a possible wire bonding problem in a microdisplay" (a possible problem in a microdisplay) overreact much?
Future Weapons Sight for which the suspected faulty display, displays, was, were intended is a line item in the Defense Budget, not going anywhere.
It's clear from eMagin previous announcement that there was some question in eMagin's mind that the concerns of Raytheon and the others and their "exacting standards" were warranted but the customer is always right, if it was one company I could understand their position but three? Smoke=Fire. The 8-K references "a microdisplay", could "exacting standards" indicate that the OEMs will not tolerate one failure out of the box? Meaning they are not interested in re-testing the component before it's integrated into the TWS or whatever and the applications are so critical they cannot live with the possibility of a system failure in a combat zone. All of the above I think.
Virtual Reality at Its Finest: Walk Around Jerry Seinfeld’s Apartment : Then really throw up in Jerry's Virtual Toilet where Kramer pretended to throw up in Jerry's real toilet