Plessey to demonstrate world’s first microLED-powered AR/VR glasses at CES 2019

17 December 2018

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Plessey will introduce the next generation of Vuzix smart glasses, which bypasses OLEDs in favour of microLED displays – leading to uniquely high power display efficiency in immersive tech.

Wearable display multinational Vuzix is the first company to present AR applications that use Plessey’s microLEDs: those who visit the Plessey booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 will be the first to wear AR and VR glasses powered by microLEDs.

The latter offer 10 times the resolution, 100 times the contrast ratio, and up to 1,000 times the luminance of traditional OLEDs. This is achieved using just half the power consumption, meaning that the battery life in portable headsets is doubled.

Such benefits have been recognised by the Consumer Technology Association, namely the owner and producer of CES, which has named Plessey a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Embedded Technologies category.

As Mike Lee, president of Corporate and Business Development at Plessey explains: “We’re looking forward to previewing the amazing new AR, VR and head-up display experience that microLEDs are set to create at CES.

“Compared with all other display technologies, microLEDs are brighter, smaller, lighter, more energy-efficient, and have a longer operating life. As a world leader in microLED development, Plessey is helping its customers to be first to bring the technology to market in 2019.”

Plessey microLEDs are developed using a uniquely scalable and economical, repeatable GaN-on-Silicon monolithic process that guarantees uniformly strong quality and performance. This pioneering process eliminates the problems associated with the pick-and-place microLED display manufacturing techniques being pursued by other companies.

MicroLEDs are also about to have a huge impact on the design of pico- and micro-projectors. Here, microLED illuminators enable the form factor to be cut by 40% and optical efficiency boosted by 50%. The projects not only become smaller and lighter, but they need less battery power and deliver higher quality images in regards to brightness, resolution and contrast ratio. Plessey maintain that DMD (including DLP) and LCOS technologies are about to go the way of the cathode ray tube.

In addition to displaying the microLED-based display technology in AR and VR applications, other demonstrations on the Plessey booth include a 0.7 inch 1080p microLED – comprising separate red, green and blue panels, and an addressable blue 0.7 inch microLED display running 1080p video.

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