Thursday, August 31, 2017

Reckon the Texas National Guard Could've Used BriteNite and Skylens Last Week, National Guard, Great Market for These Devices, Must Have Qualified for the Military Use Post ATR & Leonardo/Westland

  • Enhanced pilot and aircrew situational awareness for flight missions during day, night and degraded visual environment.  Through the advanced technology of the Digital Eye Piece, National Guard pilots flying the F-15 and F-16 aircraft are able to transition easily from day to night operations while in flight, providing the advantage of a 24/7 helmet mounted display capability. In addition, BrightNite offers a multi-spectral panoramic solution that assists pilots in flying and landing in degraded weather conditions by delivering crystal-clear visuals of the landscape, flight data, and mission data to both eyes of the pilot. SKYLENS displays high-resolution flight information, images, and video on a high transparency visor.

Top 3 Emerging Trends in the Military Night Vision Device Market: Technavio (Covert Company Serving the Covert Community)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Swim Goggles

So, smaller than a Dive Mask

However, sources with knowledge of Magic Leap's hardware told Business Insider the design shown in the patent was close to Magic Leap's product in its appearance, but the real hardware is bigger and bulkier, with a section in the middle of the lenses to hold the depth sensor. One person who has previously seen schematics of Magic Leap's product said that the current design has one camera in each arm, not two as illustrated in the patent filing, and that they are "thick-rimmed like hipster glasses," but with bulkier arms.
Investors and other VIPs who received Magic Leap demos in the spring said that the headset they tried was smaller than modern VR headsets but bulkier than other glasses technology like Snapchat's Spectacles. It was described as more like swim goggles worn by swimmers with slightly larger lenses.

And yet...

Today’s technology has pushed VR even further, and researchers continue to make environments more and more lifelike.
One crucial component to making a VR experience more realistic, is low persistence OLED, which has become the technology of choice for viewing devices that help users with “maintaining presence in VR.” Other important factors associated with this viewing experience include tracking, low latency, high resolution, and high quality optics.

Lightfields:FoVI 3D

FoVI3D will talk about their integral imaging approach for making a light field display. Powered by a 2D array of OLED microdisplay and microlenses, the system offers vertical and horizontal parallax with an image appearing in a tabletop format (see Light Field Display Papers at SID – subscription required). This second generation approach should be a big improvement in image quality over their previous demonstrator.

The same thing that did in Land Warrior will do in the Realwear HMD. Difficult to focus into that mono eyebox with both eyes, isn't it? The ambient light has to be just-so doesn't it? Disorienting isn't it?

Yes, get them into the classroom, BTW if you go to Verizon Store and ask nicely they might sell you a Daydream for $40 USD

Peterborough Homes donates e-glasses to legally blind girl

Exhibit A

really, don't look at me for unbiased advice on a certain Massachusetts based microdisplay company...

"Move-In Today!"

eMagin has had their share of docking the boat into a Safe Harbor. But nothing that I knew at the time that was demonstrably not factual. They strung us along on the SNUP but came clean when the evf  came a cropper and was met with a yawn. Wire Bond, manned up.It will be fun to monitor the LCDOLEDLCOS Company's foray into OLED. Anybody who buys their timeline is imo might be open to purchasing the above.

pretty sure that is the idea

Google's ARCore is the answer to Apple’s ARKit

Google vs Apple Inside the AR Octogon

Introducing the Render Token from Render Token on Vimeo.

Thanks Ron, I almost forgot about the dropping of that other shoe...It seems like the OLED microdisplay market is heating up. Kopin recently announced its entry into this market (and already secured a first design win) while eMagin is also gearing up to increase production capacity as it hopes to provide OLED microdisplays to consumer AR and VR HMDs.

There goes the Moral High Ground. Kopin and Vuzi Last Week, Now eMagin Investors are Asking Palmer Luckey to Buy Them

Somebody will have to sell down-market displays, might as well be Kopin. Not sure there are enough Belarusian Thermal Sights to Warrant That Investment Size. Two years is the near horizon for them, best laid plans...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

F-35,now using (present tense) OLED Microdisplay (eMagin)= NO GREEN GLOW

The Gen III HMDS is a joint venture between Collins and Elbit Systems. Collins is now using organic LED (OLED) – similar to technology used in cell phones and televisions but in a micro-display configuration, according to Lockheed – to solve the green glow problem.

First F-35A Squadrons To Get Full Combat Capability In September

-"Twenty-six of those 108 aircraft will require a software-only upgrade, according to Harris. In addition to software modifications, 19 aircraft will also require new signal processor cards which the service says will take an average of three days to install and test. The service must install 18 aircraft with a newer helmet mounted display system, in addition to the processor cards and software, which will take 15 days to install. 

“The remaining forty-five aircraft will require significant hardware modifications in the form of a Tech Refresh 2 modification,” Harris states. “This modification consists of twenty-six major components and takes approximately 30 days per aircraft to install and checkout.”-

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Courage of Engineering Saved the F-35 Helmet, 500 pilots now agree it's a success -Billie Flynn, Top F-35 Test Pilot (No clock, maybe 10 minutes in and sensor fusion discussion further on))

Compare & Contrast. Right Jim, Kopin is on a PR Offensive. Here's eMagin's Version Their Proto of Two Years Ago. Can eMagin Blow a Two Years + Advantage? Oh, you know, EVFs, Wire Bonds. Smokin' SNUPs, Dear Jeff...

And Magic Powers Which Create Green Glow That Shrouds the Pilots Eyes and Gives Engineers Magic Heebie-jeebies and No the Software Fix Did Not Work...Super Helmet, Not Yet, the Navy Needs a Quick Fix Here. People are Starting to Think They Should Draft Coast Guard Auxillary to Pilot Their Destroyers.

Vuzix Cries Out to Pebble, Kopin Cries Out to Intel. eMagin Investors Have the Resiliency and Character to Confine Their Frustration to Kicking the Dog and Firing Off Angry eMails to JL!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

US, ROK, Japan to Deploy Over 100 F-35 Fighter Jets Near North Korea by 2020s (eMagin Inside by Then, Sooner)

CMO Forum at SID Display Week 2017

Uh-oh, now Vuzix has shareholders doing cold sales calls to nobody on Twitter, maybe a better #hashtag would help. Like the D Zieler inspired hashtag... #What's in your Socket?... Something about Vuzix. Do they think they are the only company that can do Waveguide? Couple of somewhat larger companies out there I think.

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations...Stupid Algorithms...Actual Headline: Stock Propelling Higher as it is Gapping up: eMagin Corporation (:EMAN)

The TechCrunch Podcast: Augmented reality’s promise...why do they keeping asking this Miesnieks guy stuff? He doesn't know anything, does he?

Matt Miesnieks (post below) is the same guy who asserted "Today the state of the art that can be manufactured in volume is an OLED microdisplay powering an injection molded waveguide."

and said this, "And a watch"...huh? (BTW, why is it always spelled wrong? e-magin

A high-res OLED microdisplay from e-magin, suitable for a HMD (or a Watch). The image is projected into the waveguide which spreads it over the plastic lens in the glasses so you can see it in front of your face.
Hi Matt, good point.
Mark Farragher
Agree Mark. I’ve actually talked to developers who have used Apple’s prototypes of the 2nd device, so they are coming. But… these prototypes had a display, but didn’t even have a camera, let alone ARKit. UX was more like Apple Watch on your face. But they did look cool & hard to tell apart from RayBans (aside from the rough 3D printed frame)

Apple's Next iOS will deliver a Big Win for Apple Regarding Augmented Reality that Leapfrogs Microsoft's HoloLens

Silver Lining...The Technicians are always wrong...

you guys are really flunking Share Price.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Aberration caused by the Eclipse

AR+VR Investor Panel with OMERS Ventures, Super Ventures, IDEABOOST and ...

Kopin’s ‘Elf’ Headset is Impressively Compact, More Than 3x the Pixels of Rift and Viv

Ah, doubling the brightness is too much trouble, just change the name to The Eclipse

The demo I was shown through the Elf prototype was a SteamVR game called InMind 2 VR. In the demo I was looking at models of brain neurons. The first thing I noticed when I put on the headset was how dark the image was. I could see fine, but it definitely seemed darker than it should be. When I asked Kopin about this they said that the display isn’t finalized and they expect to double the brightness by the time they are manufacturing them for sale.

Exclusive clip: Destination America, Tremendous! explore “Haunted Towns...Looks like the Show Goes On

A lot of classic tools have gotten better and better over the years, so the quality of thermal imaging, night vision, digital recording, environmental meters, etc is really fantastic these days and we like to stay as current as possible on those.

Facebook-"waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner", Matt Miesnieks (SuperVentures)..."Today the state of the art that can be manufactured in volume is an OLED microdisplay powering an injection molded waveguide."

Alex Gomez

Head of Software Dev Took over for Dan

Friday, August 18, 2017

This was never classified, why did Taunton not know this? It's in the Public Record.

B. Accomplishments/Planned Programs ($ in Millions) FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017 Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) Microdisplays - Phase II (FY 2016-2017): Establish manufacturing capability for producing an ultra-high resolution, high brightness, high contrast, full color microdisplay at a low unit cost. Mature and combine manufacturing processes: Silicon on Insulator (SOI) and Direct Patterning technologies to enable a 5X improvement in yield and 5X longer lifetime of displays, reducing life cycle costs. $$221.7M savings for aviation and Enhanced Visual Acuity (EVA) goggles (27,700 displays between 2017-2032) x $8K/unit savings). Applications include F-35 Heads-up Helmet Mounted Display System, Apache, EVA, F-18, F-15, F-16, affordable color/monochrome displays with high brightness and high contrast to enable Warfighter to fully use sensors and cuing/augmented reality hardware.

HoloLens display supplier says “don’t expect anything major” in next two years

The earnings call (Himax) could reflect Microsoft’s desire to be patient for better technology rather than rushing the end product of the HoloLens. Although, if rumors are still to be believed, Apple could be throwing their own device into the ring and heat up the competition.

Who approved Javelin to Qatar? Trump? Tillerson? He accused them of funding terrorism. They transshipped Javelin to ISIS and Qatar can buy some more. eMagin display in the CLU.

VR Roller coaster, nausea, quick drops, I get it, I'm on it...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

We all hope the "Near Future" is Near...Radeon™ RX Vega: Future-Proofed for VR

It's been common knowledge for 3 years at least

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.”

Now how did the guys over there in LCDville not know this was happening?, Mantech (DMS&T) does not put classified up on their site. Page 22. Also, Sculley said F-35, SVIT, why not Apache?

The Challenge: Current fielded full color microdisplays cannot simultaneously achieve high contrast and high brightness to clearly display see-through imagery required for high ambient conditions without obscuring the scene. Fielded Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) can achieve this for monochrome, but refinements to the manufacturing process, are necessary to improve manufacturing efficiency and luminance critical for military applications. Additionally, all silicon backplanes for OLED microdisplays are currently manufactured off-shore.

ManTech Response: • Army RDECOM and the OSD Defense-wide Manufacturing Science and Technology office partnered to establish an on-shore advanced backplane manufacturing process for silicon backplanes ready for OLED deposition • Manufactured fully functional high brightness OLED microdisplays on on-shore wafers • Built the first high resolution, direct patterning OLED deposition tool and integrated it into the primary OLED manufacturing production system • Manufactured fully functional full color high brightness OLED microdisplays using the new deposition tool, demonstrating significant improvements in luminance and efficiency • DMS&T investment of $4.95M

Impact: • Established capability of on-shore foundry for advanced backplane wafers for OLED deposition • Increased luminance of manufactured microdisplays by >10X to >1,300-fL • Increased efficiency of manufactured microdisplays by >14X to 7 cd/A • Integrating early prototypes into High Definition Aviation Digital Display (HiDADD) Apache vision system upgrade tech demo (FY16), F-35 visor (FY16), and Soldier Visual Interface Technology (SVIT) tech demo (FY17)

Helicopter HMD Solutions 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

AR in Sports and Beyond: A Conversation With Everysight

Ready for Godzilla when he attacks Sim City,Stupid...Police/Military VR Training Simulation at Siggraph 2017

SIGGRAPH 2017 - Emerging Technologies: Headset Removal for Virtual and M...

Who needs Google we can make our own!

Who's up for another Microdisplay Market Projection!? Here it is anyway...BTW who is the new player Olightek/Kopin? Olightek does not sell displays by the box on Alibaba anymore, moving up in the world.."Market for OLED technology expected to grow at a high CAGR between 2017 and 2023

ok sit this one out

  • MW
    2 days ago
    AWM investment company inc 13 F filing as of June 30 holds 3,261,000 shares of eMagin.

This assertion is in dispute so hell if I know, never heard of gurufocus...AWM Investment Company, Inc. Buys Adesto Technologies Corp, eMagin Corp, Identiv Inc, Sells CEVA Inc, Kopin Corp, Aqua Metals Inc

Let's see, this a an F-35C bound for the Queen Elizabeth, therefore soon to have eMagin Inside the Helmet Re-Design RC is working on...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


These are the top 5 holdings of AWM Investment Company, Inc.
  1. CEVA Inc (CEVA) - 876,931 shares, 7.91% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 61.03%
  2. Sequans Communications SA (SQNS) - 7,727,240 shares, 5.08% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 47.22%
  3. Kopin Corp (KOPN) - 6,675,282 shares, 4.92% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 49.44%
  4. Impinj Inc (PI) - 487,024 shares, 4.71% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 50.26%
  5. LivePerson Inc (LPSN) - 2,013,578 shares, 4.4% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 50%

New Purchase: eMagin Corp (EMAN)
AWM Investment Company, Inc. initiated holdings in eMagin Corp. The purchase prices were between $2.3 and $2.8, with an estimated average price of $2.46. The stock is now traded at around $2.20. The impact to the portfolio due to this purchase was 1.59%. The holdings were 3,261,000 shares as of 2017-06-30.

I think this is under 250 words Brendan,$EMAN is one of his Lotto Tix

eMagin (EMAN), $2.30 pps, $80m cap, 10x+ upside. Key facts:
  • EMAN makes HD quality displays the size of quarters.
  • Their architecture is OLED which allows many fundamental probably insurmountable benefits over incumbent techs like LCD and LCoS.
  • The displays are great but expensive. EMAN's $20-25m sales run-rate consists of a few tens of thousands of displays, priced at several hundred dollars apiece, mostly to military OEM's for portable optical devices like night vision goggles and weapon's sights.
  • Consumer and industrial AR/VR are probably getting ready to go, and millions of units per year are plausible in the medium-term. EMAN says if it wins a few low mix high volume deals they can dramatically drive down costs and win share. Further, they say that for many applications non-OLED options aren't good enough.
  • OLED is an extremely hard tech to master, very low yields, which makes EMAN's two decades of expertise all the more valuable. Makes competitive entry in the micro format - which pixels are packed super densely - all the more difficult.
  • The combo of massive potential market growth, micro OLED leadership, difficulty of entry, and insufficient performance from competitive display techs makes EMAN an obvious lotto ticket.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Too good to pass up, eMagin in a nutshell. Thanks for posting MW (despite the fog, as it is very foggy fog, not as bad as Green Glow, like that turn of phrase "militaresque precision")

From rodman report (Kevin Dede ). "Development-related and end-product sales timing remains uncertain, cloaked by a combination of customer secrecy mandates and little transparency into development timelines. We, however, remain stalwart bulls on this name despite the fog for a number of reasons 1) OLED screens brightness and clarity deliver to the highest visual standards; 2) no other company we know has developed to both these brightness and color specifications; 3) eMagins displays have powered numerous military hardware applications demanding militaresque precision and operational excellence over the years; 4) there are many projects in the works with familiar and easily identified household names, which if nothing else, suggests eMagin has something of value, and given the size of the addressable consumer market in VR and AR, product sales volumes could be tremendous.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

F-35? Because there are winners and losers? Because "Onward to the Consumer!" is a lame Battle Cry?

$KOPN why are the insider dumping their shares?

Then what? The Millennium Falcon?


Tamping down Fan's gloat. Rockwell-Collins and ONR have dumped Kopin's displays for the F-35, "OLED is the next step, Our displays are the one." eMagin CEO on the "Fix" for the F-35 Helmet and Green Glow.

Somewhat reassured. Sculley's "late this year, early next year" comment referred to a "Volume manufacturing partner" not another customer as I understood it.

Rinse & Repeat


The military business continued on track in Q1. The F-35 Joint Strike program, with Kopin eMagin as the sole display supplier for the AR helmets used by the fighter pilots, continues to ramp on schedule. 

The fellas seem a trifle more realistic about time and commitments

Qualified on F-15 then 3 other fighters will upgrade

Kopin out of F-35

Yield-New tools, ugh, the horror

NETT Warrior now SVIT



that's F-35 too

poor contrast LCD

Webcast Q2 2017 eMagin Corporation Earnings Conference Call (Live) 08/10/17 at 9:00 a.m. ET
Operating expenses for the second quarter of 2017, including R&D expenses, decreased to $3.3 million, from $3.5 million in the second quarter of 2016. Second quarter R&D expenses reflect a greater allocation of R&D resources to commercial R&D contract revenues partially offset by continuing investment in the Company’s direct patterning technology. SG&A expenses increased over the prior year period due largely to greater travel and professional services spending, including legal services, associated with our negotiations with prospective consumer electronics and volume manufacturing partners. Interest expense of $188 thousand in the second quarter of 2017 included a $158 thousand write-off of capitalized debt issuance costs associated with the expiration of an unsecured debt financing commitment.

“As we have previously stated, we are in active discussions with well-known consumer product companies to develop and design their next-generation microdisplays. Our contract R&D work reflects this as we are up 57% over last year at this time and anticipate that this will result in higher product-related revenues in the future. The consumer AR/VR market will be the driver for high volume business and we are executing successfully on a plan to both secure consumer electronics companies as our channel to this market and partner with a mass production company to ensure our ability to meet the future volume demands of this segment.

eMagin Corporation Announces Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results -- Year-to-Date Contract R&D up 57% Driven by Consumer Applications --

The Heli Upgrade, the one eMagin announced in April, Apache..The Path-Breaking Apache Helicopter Helmet Is Getting A Major Upgrade, not recent, missed it but...


Matt Misenieks from Super Ventures , (AWE crowd,Inbar, Emrich et al, Sorry the font is unreadable but check the optics portion)

A high-res OLED microdisplay from e-magin, suitable for a HMD (or a Watch). The image is projected into the waveguide which spreads it over the plastic lens in the glasses so you can see it in front of your face.

I don’t have any specific knowledge of Apple’s roadmaps. However I do have great deal of knowledge of the underlying enabling technologies & design problems, a large number of friends who have seen small unreleased pieces of Apple’s current AR work, and enough time in the tech industry to see how history rhymes wrt platform transitions. From there I’m just joining dots based on my experience designing/building similar things over the last 9 years.

The optics need to work outdoors on sunny days, and be sharp enough to read text. FoV is less important to AR than VR as the utility use-cases aren’t as immersive as games which depend on peripheral vision. FoV mostly matters to avoid the distration from clipping the content. Today the state of the art that can be manufactured in volume is an OLED microdisplay powering an injection molded waveguide.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

I believe Dr. Fan possibly misspoke, misread the tele-prompter, typo, had a senior moment etc. when he made the statement that Kopin was "Sole Source" for most of the following programs.

as he is a paragon of honesty I am sure he would not like to the leave the impression that they are "Sole Source" in what is by far the largest program i.e. FWS Family of Weapons Sight.

1. FWS I&C-No Way

2.F-35- For the Time Being

3. Vehicle Trainer- Sorry Bradley Drivers on a Learners Permit, do not care that       much , probably all K

I thought Fan might mention the problem with the helmet and assert it had no effect on the F-35 A. Both however, B&C, need an upgrade to OLED...F-35B Pilots Will Make Rolling Landings Like This To Board Royal Navy Ca.

eMagin OLED...Boeing Upgrades the Helmet to Give Fighter Pilots a Digital Edge | Derri...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Best Performing Vaporous OLED Microdisplay in the World!

sell the sizzle, not the steak

Stickin' to their guns on the F-35

In the End it really will be Ender's Game..What to know about The International, Valve’s massive $24M esports tournament in Seattle

Oculus updates its Home platform to play nice with Steam purchases

First Look: LG's SteamVR Headset [Extended Interview]

LG Steam VR

Hey, not everyone in Korea is named "Lee". It was KC Park, Interim CEO

Dr. K.C. Park was appointed Interim CEO, President and Director  in January 2007. He served as executive vice president of International Operations since 1998 and as president of eMagin's subsidiary, Virtual Vision, Inc., from 2002 to 2004. Earlier, with LG Electronics as an executive vice president and member of the Board, he built up LG's business in LCDs and PDPs, solidifying their world leadership position in flat-panel display products. At IBM, he managed flat panel display and semiconductor programs at the Watson Research Center; then served as director of Display Technology with worldwide responsibility at the IBM Corporate Headquarters, setting up technical operations in Korea as senior managing director. Dr. Park holds his Ph.D. in Solid-State Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from New York University.

Showing the exchange you mentioned Lurker. Don't worry Fellas, Dr. Fan and 3M are going to get those advancements in optics! Jim, you had a bunch of data on Steam's testing of eMagin displays as I recall.

When ti comes to unreleased products a day doesn't go by where I don't read about something VR related that's new and exciting but there are no consumer products or software attached to these numerous experiments. For example, LG's Steam VR headset. However they showed off a nearly finished product to some tech sites and then zipped their lips and disappeared. No prices, release dates, or anything was given. Steam is still pushing the tech forward with their knuckle controllers but even those are developers only atm and going by past precedents may take over a year to come to market (I really hope it doesn't). Sony is out there but if anything their headset and setup is a step back from the Vive/Rift in everything except ergonomics.

Plenty of movement and advancement in the tech and you named some of it. The LG set that you mentioned is going to have higher resolution and is supposed to be out by the end of the year. Wireless is a solved problem today after estimates pegged we wouldn't see it for at least a couple more years. The Windows headsets and others are using tracking that doesn't require an external tracking system. Plenty of advancements in eye tracking has been made and foveated rendering is basically ready to go when that becomes ready. Valve are iterating on the VR controller and rebuilding it completely for more natural control. We've even seen prototypes for solving the focal point problem. This is all for a medium that just released to consumers last year. I'm not seeing stagnation at all except for maybe advancements in optics which is unsurprising.

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