Friday, October 31, 2014

I think the "Google Glass Has Terrible Battery Life" Meme Has Taken Hold

Maybe they worry somebody will pirate the Previews

eMagin CEO said Google Glass "lasts for two hours, They Need Power" Doctors are pushing Google Glass to its engineering limits : Doc Says Maybe Lasts one Hour

“The first is processor power,” he said. “This isn’t a device that was meant to be worn as a heads up display that’s on 24/7 that’s constantly looking for voice commands. That’s not what Glass was built for, it was meant for episodic use. Using it in this way drains the device like no other. Glass [when used by consumers] is meant to have a battery life that lasts for quite a while, for us it lasts maybe two hours, maybe one. If you turn on all its features, probably less. You can certainly add on a battery pack, and that’s what we did, to get us to 12 to 14 hours. But then you have the processor going all the time and with external charging, this makes for a very, very hot device that is perhaps sometimes dangerous.”


Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMERICAN SNIPER Trailer #1 (2014) Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood Movie HD

Oculus Rift: Mark Zuckerberg targets 50m-100m headset sales in 10 years


http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/29/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-oculus-vr-sales?CMP=share_btn_tw
DESCRIPTION: Night vision goggles and other devices based on image intensifier tubes have been around for decades [1]. While the resolution and contrast of these NVG has improved, progress has been very slow to decrease their weight and size while increasing the field of view (FOV). The awkward, intrusive and cumbersome procedures for mounting, removal and/or holding these devices for the soldier can impair their ability to perform basic tasks and operations. Frequent usage of current NVGs increases the risk for short-term and long-term neck injuries, due to weight and form factor. Additionally, since these are analog devices, there are no provisions for sharing information for increased situational awareness (SA) with others in the squad or command centers.
Furthermore, the proliferation and commoditization of night vision technology has eroded the tactical advantage of night operations enjoyed by the U.S. military. By moving next generation night vision into more infrared bands, and across bands, next generation night vision technologies can help provide U.S. military forces a renewed advantage.
Wearable computing technology is quickly advancing, being driven by progress in consumer electronics. An ideal vision for future soldier-relevant night and all-condition vision display technology would harness this revolution, packaging advanced night vision imaging technology in and around light, compact wearable heads-up displays (HUDs).

Gosh Ron, who is footing the bill for these displays? What's their purpose? I guess your readers will never know



Ron eased me off his site for mentioning precision guided  guns, weapons sights, night vision googles too many times, you know, implements of war, the things eMagin supplies a critical component for.

http://www.oled-info.com/emagin-gives-more-details-their-high-brightness-oled-microdisplay-development-project

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Monopoly on every fielded piece of kit that requires a near-eye solution for the Department of Defense and eventually NATO and beyond

Hot Dog!

eMagin Announces Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Award to Develop Advanced OLED Microdisplays

HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y.--()--eMagin Corporation (NYSE MKT: EMAN) a leader in OLED microdisplays and virtual imaging technologies previously announced on October 9, 2014 a total of $6.8 million in new R&D contract awards. Today eMagin announces that $6.45 million of that total is a contract to develop and produce an ultra-high resolution, high brightness, high contrast, full color OLED microdisplay at a low unit cost. This Defense-wide Manufacturing Science & Technology (DMS&T) award is funded by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and logistics (USD AT&L) and will be administered by the US Army RDECOM CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) Science and Technology (S& T) Division. The $6.45 million dollar contract will be executed over the next 30 months.
“Our recent successes with our Enhanced Ultra-high Brightness OLEDs and innovative backplane development provide a solid foundation as we begin the DMS& T effort”
The DMS&T program was established in FY08 to complement each military service's Man Tech program. The goal is to focus on cross-cutting defense manufacturing needs, those that go beyond the ability of a single service to address, and to stimulate the early development of manufacturing processes and enterprise business practices concurrent with S& T development to achieve the largest cost-effective impact.
"Our recent successes with our Enhanced Ultra-high Brightness OLEDs and innovative backplane development provide a solid foundation as we begin the DMS& T effort,” said Andrew Sculley, eMagin President and CEO. "OLED displays produced through this program will truly meet the DMS& T mandate to impact joint service warfighting capabilities, from fighter and rotary wing aviation platforms to ground warfare systems,” added Sculley. "The technology and manufacturing improvements associated with these displays will find broad vision system applications in both military and commercial markets."
Amal Ghosh, eMagin's SVP for R&D stated that "upon the completion of the program, eMagin will the produce full color OLED microdisplays that will have brightness in excess of 10,000 cd/m2 (3,000 fl) or “nits” with a contrast of at least 10,000:1 and resolutions higher than 1920x1200 pixels. In addition, a highly improved backplane technology will be developed under this program. This advanced backplane will enable significant performance improvements in the OLED device including more than 30% reduction in power consumption compared to the existing backplane technology.”

"A smooth, luxurious interface for your skin with an attachable and detachable reservoir to capture previously ingested foodstuffs and voila! no need to buy a new keyboard when using the Oculus Rift"

Thermoteknix ClipIR Image Fusion Technology - BBC Points West

Kopin Corporation to Announce Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results on Tuesday, November 4 (Kopin Corporation)

http://article.wn.com/view/2014/10/28/Kopin_Corporation_to_Announce_Third_Quarter_2014_Financial_R/

DISPLAY WEEK 2015 Final Call for Papers SID International Symposium, Seminar & Exhibition May 31– June 5, 2015


http://www.displayweek.org/Portals/5/pdf/20141028%20SID%20Display%20Week%202015%20Final%20Call%20for%20Papers%20v11.pdf

Transform Warehouse Operations with Augmented Reality Software and Smart Glasses

http://www.sap.com/bin/sapcom/en_us/downloadasset.2014-09-sep-19-16.transform-warehouse-operations-with-augmented-reality-software-and-smart-glasses-pdf.bypassReg.html

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

it probably wasn't the kebab

Skymall Here We Come! Himax + Opinvent, Pledge $250.00 and Get a Kitty Cat Tee!


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/optinvent-ora1/ora-1-smart-glasses-developer-version

How Smart Can Glasses Get?

http://www.visionexpoeast.com/Press/Vision-Voice-Newsletter/How-Smart-Can-Glasses-Get/

The Public Has Yet to Get to a Discussion of Possible Health Risks Inherent in Wearing Google Glass

The SAR for Google Glass according to this recently completed FCC study is 1.42 to 1.50 depending upon the metric employed. Maximum allowable in the US is 1.60. That rating up until now has been applied to cell phones. Google Glass is a whole different kettle of fish. Instead of residing in your pocket or purse Google Glass is proximate to the temple and the eye. Wifi broadcasts at a higher frequency so the signal is stronger than a Cell Phone. Here's hoping these incipient AR Glass companies aren't like the dilettantes at Oculus and Facebook who rushed a flawed, sickness inducing device to the public. Google has yet to comment on the findings of the study. If you are interested in reading the study go to FCC apps. search and use "A4R" in Grantee Search Box.


http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/10/20/experts-why-wearable-tech-could-pose-health-risks/


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fury Official Trailer: No Better Narrative Hook Then the Few Against the Many, Song of Roland, Horatio at the Bridge. Gates of Fire, The Alamo, We Were Soldiers, Saving Private Ryan, This One Belongs on That List

Google GLASS, my favorite video camera

Google Glass as an agronomy tool

Nice Job Hagel: India spikes US' Javelin missiles for Israel's 'Spike'

it's finally over, at least it wasn't France taking Raytheon's business.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/india-spikes-us-javelin-missiles-for-israels-spike/articleshow/44933499.cms

I wonder who asked question #1?: Next Generation Tactical Wearable Night Vision: Submissions ended as of October 22


http://www.dodsbir.net/Sitis/display_topic.asp?Bookmark=45688

Friday, October 24, 2014


Elbit Unveils Developments in Its ClearVision Situational Awareness Enhancement Range: It appears the Wearable Version of CVS HUD Has an eMagin SXGA Display like Skylens Will Have

ClearVision EVS provides high-resolution (1280x1024) imagery on a head-up display, either fixed or wearable. The EVS imagery can be combined with synthetic vision system (SVS) imagery, as well as standard flight data symbology. This ClearVision combined vision system (CVS) can be configured in real-time in the cockpit, allowing the pilot to adjust the balance between EVS imagery and that from theSVS to best suit his or her needs and the prevailing light and weather conditions.

http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/nbaa-convention-news/2014-10-23/elbit-unveils-developments-its-clearvision-situational-awareness-enhancement-range

Class-Action Suit! Just Call 1-800-SUETHEIRASSOFF! but not before you...Pay the Man

But that sailor was addicted to Google Glass!

Really, an Elephant in the Room? Sorry skillful and precise design of content, position and movement WILL NOT NEGATE THE EFFECTS OF VESTIBULAR ISOLATION: A Hoax of EPIC Proportions

Elbit Everysight

http://trademarks.justia.com/862/71/everysight-86271326.html

Ray-Ban "Smart Glasses" Gets the Highest Positives of any Wearable Brand: Requires a Download But Interesting Survey

Thank You For Going Where No Man Has Gone Before Because in Outer Space Nobody Can Hear You Barf

Interstellar through an Oculus Rift is just as awesome as you'd expect : The Oculus Hype Machine is Gearing Up Big Time

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/world-of-tech/interstellar-through-an-oculus-rift-is-just-as-awesome-as-you-d-expect-1270364

Glass at Work

https://developers.google.com/glass/distribute/glass-at-work

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I seem to remember the CEO of V!ZOR Saying They were Working with Schlumberger, looking for an Upgrade I reckon

Was it Dorothy Parker? Girls seldom makes passes at men who wear Google Glasses: Invaluable advice from HP Exec:Girls won't make a pass at a man in Google Glass, HP exec warns

http://news.techworld.com/wearables/3582164/girls-wont-make-a-pass-at-a-man-in-google-glass-hp-exec-warns/

Maybe we can garner some publicity if ISIS attempts to invade eManistan, token resistance likely from the "defenders"

Pay the Lady...

But One Guy was Addicted...

Palmer Luckey: Making Friends Around the Globe with His World Changing Device!

Another Nutjob

But One Guy was Addicted to Google Glass...


That's a Great Look Dude: Augmented reality may trump virtual reality for work and play

http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_26742363/augmented-reality-may-trump-virtual-reality-work-and

Honeywell is Bringing Google Glass to Aviation

http://www.aviationtoday.com/av/topstories/Honeywell-is-Bringing-Google-Glass-to-Aviation_83327.html#.VEjf_IvF9c8

A Wearable Computing Version of Skylens for Civilians? Elbit files Trademark App for "Everysight"

http://jewishbusinessnews.com/2014/10/23/meir-shamir-invests-in-elbit-wearable-computing/

Linux-based smart glasses keep it stylish: Displays Kopin LCD SVGA

http://linuxgizmos.com/linux-based-smart-glasses-keep-it-stylish/

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Anybody want to be a test engineer on the F-35's HMDS?:Electro-Optics Engineer/Scientist

https://optics.org/jobs/5368559#.VEhUb4vF9c8

So the Spin Coming Back from the Seeking Alpha Himax Phalanx of "Analysts"

is that Google's decision to not increase their stake in Himax is related more to Google's pushing back the release of Glass until Mid to Late 2015. Essentially they claim Himax will have no trouble ramping to production in that time frame with the money to get there. So in 24 hours from a messy split-up they have Google as the problem with Himax's Front-Lit Display as THE choice in Microdisplays for AR Glass Apps. They are some resourceful bastards. All well and good, listen to that voice or the voice of reason which says Google needs smaller displays, more efficient with superior sealing to gain acceptance when the Consumer version rolls out. Gotta admit they have a smoothly running all volunteer hype machine whereas eMagin has... never mind.

Mr. Harsh Shaudan pretty much represents my thinking in the aftermath of the announcement that Google would not take an additional

stake in Himax Display. There was mention of an ongoing relationship but I and others see this as a pro forma declaration that Himax's LCOS displays will not be in future iterations of Google Glass. I mean, that's certainly how the market understood the statement by Himax's CEO. They lost a similar percentage in stock price when the first rumor that Google was switching to OLED came to fore. So, where does Google go from here Display-wise? If we are to believe the words of eMagin's Management team, I admit that in some cases, more than some, that assumption has proved problematic. They sated that Google was going eventually to OLED, it was just a matter of how they got there. Yesterday's announcement seemed to fit in nicely with that effort.

   That being said there is a deductive argument to be made that Google's desire for Glass requires a switch to OLED. The next one HAS to appear to the public, the easily offended public, to be indistinguishable from an ordinary pair of Corrective Vision Glasses or Sunglasses. Presumably it will have the same features as  as Glass Explorer , camera and all but not readily identifiable as such to the casual observer. They want it to be invisible. CFO Campbell said "Google backed the wrong technology." "They want low power, improved optics, smaller form factor, they want OLED", he said, in so many words. : "If they don't have it in the next version they will have it in the subsequent." Well, it appears that the next version needs a display that satisfies those design goals.

   Of all the questions at the last CC the ones that elicited the most interesting answers were Vince's about Manufacturing capacity and ability to deliver. He got Sculley to use those big boy numbers like 1,000,000 displays per month, Campbell mentioned 100,000-300,000 displays per month and I'm choking a bit even typing that as we as long time observers of eMagin have never allowed ourselves in our wildest daydreams to have that many zeros associated with this little klutz of a company. But, Sculley's answer dovetailed perfectly with the stated objectives that Google had with Himax for delivery of their displays before the divorce. All the Himax talk of ramping, increasing capacity, purchasing property for a new building was geared towards delivery of a million displays a month, same numbers Sculley mentioned as "tough to be able to do in six months." Meaning he might be able to do it in seven months. And he said "we can handle the costs." Himax's display at the first teardown was reported to be $6. Cooler heads prevailed and another teardown with some input from Himax pegged the cost to Google per display at $20. Not far from Sculley's "Power of Ten" talking point: Fighter Pilot HMD $3,500.00 per display, Dismounted Soldier $350.00 per display and for Personal HMD/AR Glasses $35 per display. That was the number that was kicked around after Sidoti for such a display two years ago and have yet to hear anyone refute it. "We talk to these companies, we tell them what we can do."

  Have to mention Kopin as they are part of the triad of microdisplay companies apart from Himax and eMagin that can produce a High Brightness Display. The closest I believe to Google's vision for Glass is the prototype Kopin developed called the Pupil. Other than being BIG frames, really big, like a yenta's in Boca type frames they looked pretty good, damn good effort. But they have the same drawbacks that LCOS displays have related to Size, Weight and Power. Was Google going to shitcan Himax to throw in with another LCD company?, unlikely. There are just to many components in Kopin and Himax's displays, too much mass and density to satisfy Luxottica and their attendant brands, Oakley, Ray-Ban. You don't look at Google Glass today and think, "Man those Silicon Valley guys are really much better designers than Italians. So that's my Argument from Design, Google is compelled to use OLED for next Google Glass in order to overcome the majority of objections they have heard since Glass' introduction. Technological Determinism with a little La Dolce Vita thrown in. Ciao.

Mr. Shaudan Two Cents:

Has Himax lost Glass?Earlier this year, Google partnered with Ray-Ban maker Luxottica to make Glass a stylish product and expand its adoption. According to Luxottica's press release, "the two Corporations will establish a team of experts devoted to working on the design, development, tooling and engineering of Glass products that straddle the line between high-fashion, lifestyle and innovative technology." 
Note the words "design, development, tooling and engineering." What if the latest deal with Luxottica has led to a change in the way Google Glass is currently manufactured? Himax isn't the lone microdisplay supplier in the world, and there's a possibility that a different manufacturer's products might suit the Luxottica design better than Himax.




Google Glass How-to: Getting Started: The images on that screen are looking pretty washed out, time for a change

Why would Goldman want to manipulate a harmless little puppy like $EMAN?

DEFINITION OF 'QUOTE STUFFING'

A tactic of quickly entering and withdrawing large orders in an attempt to flood the market with quotes that competitors have to process, thus causing them to lose their competitive edge in high frequency trading. This tactic is made possible by high-frequency trading programs that can execute market actions with incredible speed. Only market makers and other large players in the market are capable of executing these tactics, since they require a direct link to the exchange in order to be effective.

Nanex ~ 15-Aug-2014 ~ The Quote Stuffing Trading Strategy

http://www.nanex.net/aqck2/4670.html

Wearable technologies create new opportunities, raise questions

http://spie.org/x110618.xml?WT.mc_id=ZTWZ

Just Call 1-800...

Please Know Syaqui, You are not Alone, Just call 1-800-SUETHEIRASSOFF

Why Google Wants to Get Its Hands on Mystery Company ‘Magic Leap’: Enough with the Contact Lenses


http://www.wired.com/2014/10/google-magic-leap/

Google adds 5 new partners to its ‘Glass at Work’ program

http://9to5google.com/2014/10/21/google-adds-5-new-partners-to-its-glass-at-work-program/

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

So it appears to be down to Kopin and eMagin to Replace Himax LCOS Displays in Google Glass

eMagin CFO floated the possibility of Google utilizing both, that would be weird but I could live with it, Lincoln's Second Inaugural and all. The plot thickens.

It's Looking Pretty Official: Here is the CEO's Statement on Google and Himax's Relationship:

Himax and Google to Remain Strategic Partners on Google Glass
TAINAN, Taiwan, Oct. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Himax Technologies, Inc. (HIMX) ("Himax" or "Company"), a leading supplier and fabless manufacturer of display drivers and other semiconductor products, today announced that Google Inc. has decided not to exercise its previously issued purchase option to make an additional investment into Himax's subsidiary, Himax Display Inc. ("HDI"). Himax has been authorized by Google to make the following statement: "Google continues to work closely with Himax as a strategic partner on future technologies and products and will remain a board observer."

Subsequent to Google's first round investment in the Company's HDI subsidiaryin October 2013, Himax has formed a strategic partnership with Google whereby Himax is the provider of liquid crystal on silicon ("LCOS") microdisplay technology that Google has recognized as the technology of choice for head-mounted displays (HMD) such as Google Glass. Since the third quarter of 2013, HDI has been expanding capacity and further enhancing production capabilities to meet demand for our LCOS product line.

"Google is one of the world's leading technology companies and innovators," stated Jordan Wu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Himax. "Despite Google's decision not to exercise its investment option in our HDI subsidiary, our continued close partnership with Google is invaluable as we aim to become a leading supplier to wearable technology companies and help to make the future of wearable products a reality. The on-going development and collaboration between Google and HDI validates our LCOS technology as the most superior and best suited microdisplay for wearable devices such as Google Glass," concluded Mr. Wu.

Founded in 2004, Himax Display, Inc. has focused on developing commercial applications for LCOS technologies, in-house manufacturing expertise and production lines with proven, high-volume shipment track records. Over the last few years, HDI has devoted its research and development of its LCOS technology for new applications of head-mounted display and other wearable computing applications.

Waiting for a second source on this one but pretty damn interesting if true: Himax -13.2% AH; Google declines additional investment


http://seekingalpha.com/news/2046525-himax-minus-13_2-percent-ah-google-declines-additional-investment

Top Five Reasons IBM's MobileFirst Becomes a Serious Force to Be Reckoned With Posted on September 9, 2014 by Tony Rizzo

http://bluehillresearch.com/top-five-reasons-ibms-mobilefirst-becomes-a-serious-force-to-be-reckoned-with/

Vuzix sees big markets for improved smart glasses

http://optics.org/news/5/10/31

There's a Surprise: Seasick in Tuscany as He Swelters at the South Pole

Will We Ever Hear About It? Everything, Through the Looking Glass: Forecast-International-Expects-Key-Land-and-Sea-Based-EO-Programs-to-Yield-10-2-Billion-Over-the-Next-10-Years


eMagin provides the Optical Display Sub-System for these devices, caught up in GAO Sausage Grinder:

This need was demonstrated this past April when the U.S. Army handed BAE Systems a five-year, $444.8 million firm-fixed-price contract for Individual and Enhanced Night Vision Goggle III weapons sights. Around the same time, the U.S. Army awarded a five-year, $367 million FFP contract to DRS Technologies for that company's version of the Individual and Enhanced Night Vision Goggle III weapon sight. 

http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2014/10/14/673061/10102556/en/Forecast-International-Expects-Key-Land-and-Sea-Based-EO-Programs-to-Yield-10-2-Billion-Over-the-Next-10-Years.html

The What! I'm an eMagin Investor Where East Fishkill Uncertainty Never Ends: Leaders relieved to see end of East Fishkill uncertainty

http://www.recordonline.com/article/20141020/NEWS/141029920/101121

Enterprise Software for Smart Glasses

Monday, October 20, 2014

A/R Glasses for Forktruck Drivers Set to Explode: Paul Travers Vuzix: "First Forktrucks Then The Cellphone"

Vuzix M100 - SAP AR Service Technician - デモンストレーション

NBAA 2014: Elbit Systems to Showcase A Variety of Next Generation Solutions for Pilot Situational Awareness, Flight Safety and ‘Head Up’ Systems



eMagin OLED Inside Skylens

Skylens - Packed in a lightweight, easy-to-install device, as intuitive as a pair of
sunglasses, Skylens is a revolutionary approach for today’s aviators’ challenges.
Operational in all weather conditions, day and night, Skylens provides head-up
information and minimizes dependency on airport instrumentation. Skylens is part of the Clearvision EFVS family, displaying high-resolution information, images and video on a high transparency visor, providing superior see-through
transmission.

http://www.nbaa.org/events/bace/2014/

Updated: East Fishkill manufacturing jobs to be preserved in IBM sale

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/politics-on-the-hudson/2014/10/19/ibms-jobs-commitment-in-ny-intact-in-globalfoundries-deal/17596259/

Oculus Rift-"Reports of my death have not been exaggerated at all”

Google Glass-"Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wearable technologies create new opportunities, raise questions

"Eventually the technology should disappear," he said. In the future, a user could immediately access highly connected computing power by simply glancing at a display. Such a system would also allow access to a world seen through the eyes of the wearer.

http://spie.org/x110618.xml

Friday, October 17, 2014

This is just too rich, I can't wait until this all blows up in the faces of Team Oculus and all the others hyping this concept and the piece of junk it spawned. AOL? LOL

Pay the Man...

Javelin co-production in India advances under DTTI: Well I'll Be...


http://www.shephardmedia.com/news/landwarfareintl/javelin-co-production-india-advances-under-dtti/

Stole Page From Lurker at Mertens Site Because eMagin Fall Looks Better Than Real Fall, Autumn. Just LOOK at Those Leaves



https://www.ussocomsbir.com/success/files/eMagin_Distribution_A.pdf

And Hopefully Someday the Little TVs that Will Hang on Your Face:Why you’ll love OLED: 7 questions answered

http://www.howtoliveit.co.uk/2014/10/15/why-youll-love-oled-7-questions-answered/?ref=whathifi#/&utm_source=WHF.com&utm_medium=internal&utm_content=editoirakl&utm_campaign=7OLED

Qualcomm Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear Video

Beckhoff Automation Promotes Industry 4.0 to the Packaging Industry at Pack Expo 2014

http://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/beckhoff-automation-promotes-industry-4-0-to-the-packaging-industry-at-pack-expo-2014-20034430

Not a Peep about Google Glass on Their Conference Call

The Questioners never got beyond the Macro-Macro issues.

Lithuania will replenish supplies for its JAVELIN anti-tank missile system

http://www.kam.lt/en/news_1098/current_issues/lithuania_will_replenish_supplies_for_its_javelin_anti-tank_missile_system.html

"Hey Rob, How Did the Big Rollout of Oculus Rift at Ubisoft Toronto Go,it Must Have Been a World Changing Experience, Eh?"

F-35 Lightning II Stealth and the Legacy of Air Supremacy USAF HD

Head Mounted Display (HMD) Market By Product (Helmet Mounted Display), By End-Use (Defense, Consumer), By Application Is Expected To Reach USD 11,793.3 Million By 2020 OCTOBER 15, 2014 -



  • Key companies operating in the market include eMagin Corporation, BAE Systems, Vuzix, Rockwell Collins and Seiko Epson. Major manufacturers have started developing products targeted at entertainment purposes; additionally, geographical expansion is expected to be a key growth strategy.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Skills on the Block


So we should look to Thales-Angenieux, Elbit, Selex and Finmeccanica to be the Innovators in Night Vision in the Future Because the Goal of the DOD is to strangle innovation through onerous regulations and reduced funding, that's just great. DRS has the other half of FWS, see if they ever announce

All I Can Say is eMagin's R&D Contracts, if they are SBIR or DOD, must be pretty damn important to get through the Pentagon's Fever Swamp:Shyu: Army modernization entering 'death spiral'

Anybody think this decline is not pinned to an Ideology that despises the Military? As always the world will pay for this later in more blood and more treasure, well more blood than treasure, the treasure has been squandered already. It's evident we haven't heard about Future Weapons Sight because the BAE Protest is in endless adjudication at the GAO. Protests are perfunctory amalgams of bitterness and sour grapes.

Coming from industry to the Pentagon was "a real eye-opener for me," Shyu said, meaning not in a good way. The current acquisition process is stagnated by a lot of bureaucracy and "onerous statutes that come out each year."

http://www.army.mil/article/136214/

Maybe he's addicted to Re-Charging Batteries, ever think of that?

Pay the Man...

Head Mounted Display (HMD) Market Analysis By Product (Helmet Mounted Display, Wearable Glass), By End-Use (Defense, Consumer), By Application (Imaging, Security, Tracking, Training & Simulation) And Segment Forecasts To 2020


http://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/head-mounted-display-hmd-market

Get this guy to quarantine, STAT!

I hope you did not share a plane with Patient #2 because the symptoms are similar

There are dozens of stories on the Google Glass Addiction of the 31 Year Old Navy Serviceman

and barely a mention in the media of the adverse health consequences of using the Oculus Rift.  Per usual the media reports what it wants when it wants. They really do instinctively fly in formation like Canada Geese without the need to consult on "How to make a Flying Vee Formation." On another note I tried to provoke Ron Mertens on his being the source of the "Google is switching to OLED from LCOS" rumor he heard from an "Industry Insider". I do not believe he has heard anything new but unlike me Ron plays his cards very, very close to the vest. eMagin management all but said they will be in Google Glass, if not in the first consumer model then the next. I believe this floated rumor was the equivalent of Google's trip to China in search of "Samsung's OLED Microdisplay." That search , of course, turned out to be a snipe hunt there being no such animal. I believe the "Industry Insider" wanted Ron to print this, to get the notion out into the ether that Google is contemplating a switch. The fact that the source mentioned Microoled was in my opinion a way to bring up the larger issue without giving the game away. That report and that report only was what eMagin management cited as the "news reports and rumor" that Google was going to switch to OLED and that they "believe this report to be true." Not to say I can say this with metaphysical certainty,  Andrew and Paul have said things before that didn't exactly pan out, Camera EVF a notable example but even they would not have the chutzpah to say what they did without a good deal of Inherent Resolve, to coin a phrase.

Google Q3 2014 Earnings Call: No doubt, providing an Update on Glass.




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

With Flip-Down Monocular Display: Raytheon Debuts Next-Gen Wearable Combat Intel Gear

http://news.investors.com/business/101414-721633-raytheon-unveils-new-wearable-warrior-gear.htm

FROM SMART WATCHES TO GLASSES – WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP IN THE EVOLUTION OF WEARABLE TECH?

In its technology predictions report the consultant Deloitte predicts that smart glasses represent “the next stage in the roll-out of digital connected screens in our professional, social and personal lives”.

http://futurethinking.ee.co.uk/from-smart-watches-to-glasses-whats-the-next-step-in-the-evolution-of-wearable-tech/

Do we want an augmented reality or a transformed reality?

http://phys.org/news/2014-10-augmented-reality.html

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

AUSA: Warrior HWH improves battlefield vision


http://www.c4isrnet.com/article/20141014/C4ISRNET08/310140001/AUSA-Warrior-HWH-improves-battlefield-vision

TrackingPoint releases ShotGlass: Shades that let you shoot around corners: If it looks like a Recon Jet, Walks like a Recon Jet and Quacks like a Recon Jet


then it is a Recon Jet with a WQVGA Kopin LCD Display in it.  I have to ask the musical question "Why do hunters need to shoot around corners?" It's not like a Muledeer or an Elk is going to shoot back. It's pretty obvious PEO is steering clear of TrackingPoint with the fielding of Future Weapons Sight and DARPA One Shot which is moving right along so it looks like TP just want to sell cool shit to the wanna-be Tactical types. Might be good for Paintball, not much else.  I wonder how Sales are going, I suspect not so hot.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/10/trackingpoint-releases-shotglass-shades-that-let-you-shoot-around-corners/

That Used to Be a Nice Carpet

Whacha gonna do about it Google?:Review: Google Glass




Strike 1:

One persistent problem is overheating. Even basic tasks can quickly cause Glass to lose its cool: record a few minutes of video or use it for any length of time and the housing becomes unnervingly hot to the touch. During our testing, messages warning that Glass was overheating popped up on a regular basis; while the device continued working, it became noticeably sluggish.

Strike 2:

 Battery life is another letdown. In light use, merely using Glass to check our email and take the odd photo, we rarely got more than five hours of operation before needing to reach for the charging cable. Try recording video and the battery won’t last an hour. All-day use simply isn’t on the cards.

Strike 3:

The display easily washes out in bright light, and its proximity to the eye meant we sometimes struggled to focus on it. Depending on your eyesight, you may not find Glass a comfortable optical experience. 

Elbit Near Eye Devices at AUSA





Monday, October 13, 2014

Digital Eyepiece (DEP) for Night Vision Cueing Display for Avionics from Rockwell and Elbit eMagin OEMs

Rockwell Collins Elbit Systems of America Vision Systems (RCEVS) has introduced a new enhanced night vision solution for fixed wing aircraft. The Digital Eye Piece (DEP) Night Vision Cueing Display (NVCD) is fully qualified and available to fit all fielded JHMCS helmet mounted displays. This new and affordable solution allows pilots to fly and train at night just as they do with the JHMCS in the day. The easily integrated capability combines the near zero latency tracking of JHMCS with a modern digital eye piece for a simple, but very effective plug in design.
"Providing this key capability will enable pilots with a greater ability to perform successful nighttime missions," said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins. "This latest product offering continues to position RCEVS as a leader in providing state-of-the-art helmet mounted displays for fighter pilots."
"As a helmet mounted display market leader for over 15 years, we've developed innovative systems to support our warfighters. Over 5,000 fixed-wing aircraft are equipped with Helmet Mounted Display systems from Elbit," commented Raanan Horowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Elbit Systems of America. "The DEP NVCD is another example of our company's real time aircrew experience and understanding in providing cost effective and operationally important solutions to pilots when they need them."
DEP NVCDs allow the pilot to use current JHMCS symbology sets at night while flying any currently fielded aviator night vision goggles. This digital display kit can be fitted on any fielded JHMCS helmet.
The DEP NVCDs, which integrates with all aircraft and helmets, are developed from the experience of a mature and proven product line including safety and adaptability for future needs. This technology developed by Elbit is also included with the follow on JHMCS II helmet, currently in production.
"We have taken advantage of our next generation night vision solutions and brought these forward to be available and affordable with the JHMCS product line. This is a significant, high value upgrade for current F16 and F15 aircraft," said Mark Hodge, Vice-President Business Development, Elbit Systems of America, "This NVG solution can be easily integrated with any aircraft and coordinates seamlessly with all versions of JHMCS HMDs. It's plug and play."


http://www.pcbdesign007.com/pages/zone.cgi?a=104053

eMagin has updated their Investors Page

for Mobile Devices, neato. Looks a heck of a lot more contemporaneous, much better layout.

Next-gen night vision would enable troops to see farther, clearer


http://www.navytimes.com/article/20141012/NEWS04/310120010/Next-gen-night-vision-would-enable-troops-see-farther-clearer

An Oculus Rift Superfecta: Ooooh somebody lost $2 Billion Making This Bet

Not the Onion: Internet addiction disorder and problematic use of Google Glass™ in patient treated at a residential substance abuse treatment program.


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25306386?dopt=Abstract

MICROOLED regional Winner of the "Entrepreneur of the year" contest form EY, France 2014.

First Microoled News in over 2 years. Provincial Award from Ernst&Young.

http://www.microoled.net/news-media/microoled-s-events

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Oculus Connect Keynote: Michael Abrash: Piled, High and Deep, wow, like a long outtake from Silicon Valley without the laughs: oh, Mr. Abrash, did you say a need for SMALL High Resolution Screens?

Yes, he said, "Everything in Virtual Reality has to be figured out." Presence is a hoax of EPIC proportions.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Rega Swiss Air-Rescue

"Search: Where is the nearest Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Beef Jerky?"


http://fortune.com/2014/10/09/wearable-technology-blue-collar-jobs/

It seems Soldier Mod in Russia(Ratnik) needs a little help from the outside: they have good taste though all State of the Art w/ eMagin Displays: Those rascally ITAR Resstrictions are to blame:Officials: Russian Man Attempted to Smuggle Military Night-Vision Technology


The defense technology, including Insight Mini Thermal Monoculars, D-740 night vision scopes, and Flir Tau 640 thermal imaging cameras, is primarily used for weapons’ mounted or helmet mounted night vision devices. The Flir Tau 640s can even be mounted to fast moving vehicles or aircrafts, such as unmanned aerial vehicles.


http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/08/officials-russian-man-attempted-to-smuggle-military-night-vision-technology/

Sorry, it doesn't "wear off"

Fred Armisen tries Google Glass for the first time | Engadget

Google Glass enables emergency services for the 21st century

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Maybe it was a coincidence that when Sculley and Campbell were discussing

the manufacture of displays for Smart Glass applications at the previous CC they mentioned being able to produce 600 displays per wafer in nHD,  one ninth HD, the same resolution Google employs for Google Glass. Then again, maybe it wasn't.

The Six Smart Glasses That Style Forgot: You are going to want an optical system that integrates smoothly with those Ray-Bans and Luxotticas, not these apparati

      Epson 
Vuzix
Sony
Recon
                                                                              The Goog
                                                                                Toshiba

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2014/10/the-six-smart-glasses-that-style-forgot/

NSERTING and REPLACING eMagin Receives $6.8 Million in R&D Contracts; Demonstrates Brightest Full Color OLED Microdisplay

eMagin Corporation (NYSE MKT: EMAN), a leader in OLED microdisplays and virtual imaging technologies, announced today that it has been awarded three new R&D contracts totaling $6.8 million. One of the three new contracts is a $1.1M contract over 15 months to further enhance the full color brightness of its recently demonstrated ultra-high-brightness microdisplay products. The second is a $4.9 million contract over 30 months and the third is a $.8 million contract over 11 months, both pertain to new manufacturing technology. Further details regarding the second and third contracts will be released in the near future.
Andrew Sculley, President and CEO of eMagin, said, “In September 2014 we demonstrated a full color WUXGA display with 9.6 micron pixels running at 7,000 nits using our proprietary technology. We believe this is the brightest ever full color OLED micro-display. With this new contract we recently signed, we expect to approximately double the brightness. We have a significant lead in developing the technology for highly power efficient, small form factor, high contrast, ultra-high-brightness, full color OLED microdisplays. This new contract will help us extend our lead.” Mr. Sculley continued, “Our recent demonstration was a very high resolution display, better than full HD (1920 x 1200), at a pixel pitch as small as our other displays (9.6 microns). These full color displays are much higher brightness and much more power efficient because they don’t use color filters. These displays are ideally suited for applications from avionics (both commercial and military) to the consumer data glass wearables market. These are the only displays that demonstrate the very high contrast at high brightness typically needed for avionics. This brightness plus our thinner, smaller form factor and the inherent lower power than LCOS or LCD technologies make our display highly attractive for the consumer data glass market. Our displays can be made less than 1.8mm thick.”

I think these will squeeze into Luxottica and Ray-Bans

for Smart Glasses

No indication of the Contractees



http://ir.emagin.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=96135&p=irol-newsArticle_Print&ID=1975836

By Max

This approach offers a high-resolution microdisplay with extended luminance performance without the need for a back light, illuminator, or separate drive circuitry which are necessary for LCOS or LCD technology microdisplays.

eMagin Receives $6.8 Million in R&D Contracts; Demonstrates Brightest Full Color OLED Microdisplay

HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y.--()--eMagin Corporation (NYSE MKT: EMAN), a leader in OLED microdisplays and virtual imaging technologies, announced today that it has been awarded three new R&D contracts totaling $6.8 million. One of the three new contracts is a $1.1M contract over 15 months to further enhance the full color brightness of its recently demonstrated ultra-high-brightness microdisplay products. Details regarding the other two contracts will be released in the near future.
Andrew Sculley, President and CEO of eMagin, said, “In September 2014 we demonstrated a full color WUXGA display with 9.6 micron pixels running at 7,000 nits using our proprietary technology. We believe this is the brightest ever full color OLED micro-display. With this new contract we recently signed, we expect to approximately double the brightness. We have a significant lead in developing the technology for highly power efficient, small form factor, high contrast, ultra-high-brightness, full color OLED microdisplays. This new contract will help us extend our lead.” Mr. Sculley continued, “Our recent demonstration was a very high resolution display, better than full HD (1920 x 1200), at a pixel pitch as small as our other displays (9.6 microns). These full color displays are much higher brightness and much more power efficient because they don’t use color filters. These displays are ideally suited for applications from avionics (both commercial and military) to the consumer data glass wearables market. These are the only displays that demonstrate the very high contrast at high brightness typically needed for avionics. This brightness plus our thinner, smaller form factor and the inherent lower power than LCOS or LCD technologies make our display highly attractive for the consumer data glass market. Our displays can be made less than 1.8mm thick.”
This new contract will result in further enhanced brightness (approximately double the 7,000 nits) that will be very attractive for other applications requiring ultra-high-brightness, high resolution and high contrast microdisplays. The active matrix feature delivers crisp, high-contrast imagery via eMagin’s True BlackTM pixel technology. The screen turns on instantly at low temperatures without the need for heaters and is built to high commercial and military ruggedness standards. This technology exhibits much lower color shift with angle than standard OLED microdisplays. This approach offers a high-resolution microdisplay with extended luminance performance without the need for a back light, illuminator, or separate drive circuitry which are necessary for LCOS or LCD technology microdisplays.

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