eMagin OLED Selected for Sensics SkyVisor Display for NASA Telerobotics
January 23, 2004 (PRLEAP.COM) Politics NewsHopewell Junction, NY and Baltimore, MD — eMagin (AMEX:EMA), the leading manufacturer of active matrix OLED microdisplays, and Sensics, manufacturer of the fully immersive SkyVizor (tm) virtual reality headset, today announced that eMagin's OLED microdisplays are a key enabler of the viewing system being developed by Sensics for the Robonaut, a humanoid robot being developed by NASA and DARPA.
Supported by funding from a Phase II SBIR contract, Sensics will develop a proprietary wide field-of-view high-resolution camera to match the wide field-of-view high-resolution SkyVizor display. The combined camera plus SkyVizor system will serve as the "eyes" of the Robonaut, which will help reduce the number of dangerous space walks required of real astronauts. The combination of the camera and binocular headset will also become a new product for Sensics, called the SkyVizor AR.
The SkyVizor display has a field of view that is 150 degrees wide by 60 degrees tall, with resolution of 3.0 arc minutes per pixel (20 pixels/degree). The SkyVizor uses 12 OLED microdisplays per eye to provide both high resolution and ultra-wide field-of-view. The SkyVizor display is integrated into a headset that includes head-tracking capabilities. The SkyVizor sets a new standard in virtual reality displays. For example, instead of a camera, a CAD system can provide the input to the SkyVizor. The result is a virtual prototype that is realistic enough to eliminate the need for physical mock-ups.
"Astronauts wearing a SkyVizor will feel just like they are experiencing the world from Robonaut's perspective, due to the SkyVizor's full field-of-view, which is an exciting advance for the NASA robotics program," said Larry Brown, president of Sensics. "The eMagin OLED is an emissive display with high-resolution and small form factor, enabling us to develop a headset that leaps far ahead of any competing product."
"The Skyvisor AR steps up the resolution and performance of the telepresence experience to an entirely new level," said Gary Jones, president and chief executive officer of eMagin Corporation. "We are excited be see our displays enable such an important new product that will push back the frontiers of space and enable telepresence robots to be used in many new situations."
NASA's Robonaut system can work side by side with humans, or alone in high-risk situations. Telepresence uses virtual reality display technology to visually immerse the operator into the robot's workspace, facilitating operation and interaction with the Robonaut.
Sensics manufactures the SkyVizor, a virtual reality headset with a field-of-view that nearly matches the unobstructed human visual field. The fully immersive nature of the SkyVizor makes it an excellent system for simulation, training and product prototyping. Sensics also makes custom camera systems, which can be combined with the SkyVizor for remotely controlling robotic systems or vehicles. Sensics is located at the Emerging Technology Center in downtown Baltimore. More information can be found at http://www.sensics.com/ or firstname.lastname@example.org
About eMagin Corporation
eMagin Corporation (AMEX:EMA) designs, develops, and markets virtual imaging system-on-a-chip solutions to enable the visual display of information, data, video, and games through a wide variety of mobile electronic devices and the next-generation of interactive virtual reality systems. The world leader in organic light emitting diode (OLED)-on-silicon technology, eMagin combines integrated circuits, microdisplays, and optics to create a virtual image similar to the real image of a computer monitor or large screen TV. eMagin invented the award-winning SVGA+ and SVGA-3D OLED microdisplays, the worlds' first and only single-chip color video OLED microdisplay and embedded controller for advanced virtual imaging. eMagin's microdisplay systems are expected to enable new mass markets for wearable personal computers, wireless Internet appliances, portable DVD-viewers, digital cameras, and other emerging applications for consumer, industrial, and military applications. OLED microdisplays demonstrate performance characteristics important to military and other demanding commercial and industrial applications including low power consumption, high brightness and resolution, wide dimming range, wider temperature operating ranges, shock and vibration resistance, and insensitivity to high G-forces. eMagin's corporate headquarters and microdisplay operations are co-located with IBM on its campus in East Fishkill, N.Y. Optics and system design facilities are located at its wholly owned subsidiary, Virtual Vision, Inc., in Redmond, WA. Additional information is available at http://www.emagin.com or email@example.com
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