Monday, June 30, 2014
Eyewear Companies Like Atheer and Meta are targeting the Enterprise and not the consumer for the reason spelled out here
"Don't get us wrong, the Google Glass display is cooler -- there are few things out there more impressive that a transparent, floating display -- but that cool transparency brings with it a lot of problems. Glass uses white text on a transparent background, which means it shows up best on a dark background. The high contrast white-text-on-nothing screens aren't so bad, but a lot of Glass interfaces use text-on-a-picture, which can be impossible to see depending on what you are looking at."
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $75,980,553 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0004) for the procurement of 252 helmet mounted display systems in support of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and the governments of Japan and Israel. This modification combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($33,541,274; 44 percent); the U.S. Air Force ($28,938,439; 38 percent); international partners ($10,103,656; 13 percent); and the governments of Japan ($2,264,917; 3 percent) and Israel ($1,132,267; 2 percent). Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in July 2017. Fiscal 2012 and 2014 aircraft procurement (Navy and Air Force), international partner and foreign military sales funding in the amount of $75,980,553 is being obligated on this award, $30,806,571 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. TheNaval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
The PR gave CC a chance to show everybody his war wounds and relive the Glory Days. I believe these displays are for Light, Medium and Heavy Weapons Sights for USMC from Raytheon, Raytheon knows Kopin Drop-In modules. I believe more factors were at work then were revealed in the very petty verbiage of the PR. Principally the new procurement philosophy of pitting supplies against each other to curb costs and insure competition is in play, this is the macro view, no Kopin, no playing one off the other, like it or not Kopin will still be around for awhile unless Mattel buys them. In addition worries about supply chain and having one company with one line supplying every display I'm sure provoked some anxiety at the desks, we understand that. I hope the S-3 is intended to capitalize a new manufacturing line but as you say things in eManistan have a way of "staying in the future."
Reinforcing the reality that enclosing the Brain and Isolating the Vestibular Labyrinth is just not a good idea no matter what your VR Headset is made out of, Palladium or Cardboard, It doesn't matter : Bravo Google. Brilliant
Unless you want to get motion sickness, don't try on Google's cardboard Oculus Rift .— Marina Zhao (@m7z) June 25, 2014
"As good as" is not saying much but this is a fiendishly clever ploy to undermine Zuckerberg and Team Oculus Barf
Just tried Google Cardboard. Amazing virtual reality. It is as good as Oculus, and made of cardboard and a smartphone.— Dave Morin (@davemorin) June 26, 2014
Army and sole-source for "vital " NV infrared sensor technology acceleration, beneficiary of one bid, L-3 Warrior Systems
Australian virtual reality startup welcomes Google Cardboard, but warns of its limitations : Wow, these Dive Mask Developers are really bright : Yes, if left out in the rain Google Cardboard will turn into mucilage :They can't figure out Google is mocking them?
Google Energizes Glass Hardware but Current Owners Won't Benefit From It : Consumer Version to be Released "Sometime In the Future."
EG5 Ralph Osterhout : Ralph told us years ago what was coming with the X6 Glasses that were demoed to D.I.A. a few days ago where Uncle Sam ponied up for 500 pairs
what's different? In this video from 3-4 years ago he described a Micro-projector running sequential RGB as the display's engine. Now, the Front Page at ODG describes "dual HD see-through displays with brilliant 3-D imagery." Google Glass manages a low resolution monocular color image with Field Sequential LCOS but not binocular, not high def and not 3D.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
In this Kopin-eMagin Kerfuffle this new approach to procurement could have had an impact i.e. to spur competition between the two
Ah, Lithuania IS getting into the act, Next Latvia : "Any volunteers to be the lead tank as we cross the frontier into Lithuania?" "Nyet." T-90 $4.2 Million, Javelin Round $80k
Lithuania-- US paratroopers fire Javelin anti-tank guided missile intraining with Lithuanian soldiers at Pabrade Area pic.twitter.com/uRpdAkxzoW
— US Mission to NATO (@USNATO) June 23, 2014
of this long ago agreement led in any way to eMagin contributing to the display LG is manufacturing for the iWatch." The crazy man wrote.
Google's Cardboard turns your Android device into a VR headset : $2 Billion : I do believe Google Is Having Some Fun at Facebook and Team Vomit Machine's Expense
Zuckerberg, you sap
you can buy one of
these for a dime. No wonder Luckey's goal is
to give Oculus away.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Hot stuff, The Ralph Edition of Google Glass is getting the slow rollout. Will be the best design as soon as they are available. But Microsoft owns the IP here right? Wither. Look who ODG is showing them too. Pedal faster Google. Way back when Goog was developing their Glasses I understood that they had brought Ralph in as a consultant but now I think they were just working off his concepts with that doof they forced out a few weeks ago now they have hired a very nice, very matronly lady and Diane Von Furstenburg to help sort things out. Google X peeing their Patagonias over X-6. Life is funny.
"The glasses then present data from the database visually in the form of structures, special instructions, clues, etc. The view was smarter and more useful than what you would see with Google Glass, but didn’t get in the way of the user’s ability to actually see, like a clunky virtual reality headset.“Augmented reality is the fusion of data and your real environment. We’re looking for an immersive feeling, but not virtual,” King said."
Interview with Ms. Richstone wherein she admits hating Dr. John CC Fan, referring to him as "that lying Son of a Bitch." We like the cut of your jib Ellen!
Just about every Kopin PR attached to a military order always say the need was "urgent" "great urgency" seems part of their usual boiler plate when they announce
PS This companies long term future is tied to the Ultra High Brightness Displayed it recently demoed but for now Military Business is their bread and butter. And I don't want them to cede anything to Kopin without a fight.
Wait a minute, would Google be willing to let Himax supply another major HMD entry into the market with the same displays that are in Google Glass?
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
needless to say it's the usual, stake out a marginally extreme position and guard it like a dog guards a bone. Yes, the loss of $6 Million in Revenue is a lot of money, a Quarter under the troubled and nascent SNU Regime but what is left out of the discussion is the fact that eMagin starting in Mid-April is delivering on the largest contracts it's ever had. As of now the contracts for FWSIII total $800 Million plus and eMagin will derive a percentage of that total, roughly 7-9 % over the stated 5 years of the Contract. That leaves one other company in the mix who also delivered to eMagin a "Stop Shipment" Order. So the Contracted amount should grow by 33% or so. I believe that company is Exelis/Vectrus who have IMO the NV Monocular Display portion of the system. My own theory is that Kopin was so anxious to besmirch eMagin's reputation with their former customers they traversed into a place maybe they shouldn't have. My pet theory is that it was a supply chain problem /delivery problem brought on by eMagin's desire to get the FWSIII deliveries going after the screw up with the wire bonds that set this little train wreck in motion. So I think the company in question is Raytheon and they have had a previously longstanding relationship with Kopin during the whole Bridge Program Deal for TWS II and eMagin may have pushed them to the back of the line and Raytheon said cancel the POs and we'll get the displays elsewhere. I remember talking to a Raytheon Rep at AUSA and lifting one of their TWS Lights said, "Only eMagin now right?", he glared at me and said "Both Kopin and eMagin qualify for this scope." Raytheon and Kopin, both, could have been pissed about being left out of FWS III and this may be a factor in all this. Wouldn't be surprised. Never am, at people's ability to be vindictive. Raytheon complains and eMagin wants to keep the peace and says we'll cancel the POs, do your thing. BTW, there are no LEDs involved, the only displays that have qualified for any of these programs are from Kopin and eMagin. Please look at the Multi-Spectral and Thermal on a Chip (from Raytheon, oops, that mey be dicey) stuff coming down the pike, that's going to be OLED displays, count on it. John, Mr. Raytheon. I blame you, kidding.
VIRTUAL REALITY PANIC : Great Idea Being Able To Simulate One's Own Death As Indistinguishable From The Actual Event
Knowing that most users of the Vomit Machine are most likely drug users, legal, illegal or self medicated, Team Oculus Rift wants you get into deeper touch with their Limbic Brain and disrupt things in there a little bit. What a scrumptious can of worms this will open. Get ready for a whole new category of Mental Disorder, Virtual Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Monday, June 23, 2014
I Know Where They Will Get The Microdisplays :A--Multispectral Augmented Visually Enhanced Reality Imaging Capability (MAVERIC)
Sunday, June 22, 2014
A Bridge to Far Here TrackingPoint : Future Weapons Sight III which has this capability will be fielded to SpecOps First Then Brigade Combat Teams
Saturday, June 21, 2014
presumably they follow the sector as well but you have to wonder with these comments, they, like so may others share a basic misconception about the relative merits of LCD and LCOS versus OLED Display. "Our understanding of the problem" is the polar opposite of the Truth. "Not enough brightness for outdoors"? Remarkable ignorance here. It's amazing they settle for their "understanding" without finding out for themselves. They betray no knowledge of what is on the horizon. And people seek out these guys for advice?
"While OLED is proven for larger displays, it has been less successful in delivering enough brightness for microdisplays used in outdoor equipment. Our understanding is that problems involving long-term reliability for all colors remain to be solved. Google may be working with a supplier that has solved these problems, but we do not believe such products are currently on the market. Therefore, OLED may be targeted by Google for usage further in the future than implied by supply chain stock volatility."
Friday, June 20, 2014
Battery life is still a problem for a lot of Explorers. During his presentation, Dr. Sahin asked the audience how many Explorers felt limited by Glass' battery life. Most of the crowd raised their hand. Like any other tech product, Glass' battery life varies depending on how you use it. So, for example, taking video frequently will burn out the battery quicker than if you only used it for checking notifications. In my own experience, Glass lasted for about five hours with mixed usage.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Adaptive Optics: Technologies and Global Markets : Apparently Every Company In The World Including eMagin Is Involved In The Adaptive Optics Market Whatever That Is, More Power To You If you Know
Is Google Glass The Next Big Money Maker? : When eMagin CEO Sculley was Incessantly Flapping His Gums about "Google Glass" Was he Speaking of a Category of Devices i.e. Smart Glasses or Was It Brand Specific?
Here you go Opt, SAGEM= eMagin Inside the "Firing Posts", another way of saying Command Launch Unit.
MBDA orders MMP seeker and firing-posts optronics from Sagem http://t.co/ByNkppAhBd— Army Technology (@Army_Technology) June 19, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
It's Fun Watching Oculus Figure Out That The Type of VR They Seek In Their Own Private Metaverse is Undoable
“VR is going to need much higher frame rates than consoles, although even for consoles or traditional PC games, I don’t think 30fps is smart,” Luckey said. “It’s not a good artistic decision, it’s a failure.”
so VR God Palmer Luckey says it has to be 60 FPS or higher to be "Art" but that will render their precious "Presence" to be perceived instantaneously as unrealistic. Think of the CGI sequences in the "Desolation of Smaug" as an example. Nasty, unwatchable, jittery and at that speed no game will run smoothly thereby increasing the likelihood of VR Sickness. Who knew $2 Billion could buy this much entertainment?
"Microsoft has no problem at all in the development of the device," however, a fair portion of the patented technologies involved do not belong to Microsoft itself. It's the necessary licensing reportedly that's keeping Fortaleza from consumers."
Big eMagin Customer Acquires Medium Sized eMagin Customer :Intelligent Decisions Acquires Fully Integrated Virtual Simulation and Training Platform Leading Provider of Simulation & Training Systems will Debut New Asset at Eurosatory
I think I know why Team Oculus will eventually hire more people than McDonald's "Maybe this guy will know how to cure Simulator Sickness, maybe this guy will know how to cure Simulator Sickness, maybe this guy...
also i'm dizzy because of fucking Oculus Rift— (´・ω・｀) (@_icze4r) June 16, 2014
Qioptiq looking at digitalising SAKER fused technology and started development on the optical sight on booth k521 pic.twitter.com/6CYnp4YMZ9— MILITARY TECHNOLOGY (@MILTECH1) June 17, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
@balajis reading text in the oculus is nausea inducing, even with the HD version. We're still years away in both resolution and latency— Jonathan Hart (@jonathanhartsf) June 16, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
I'll believe it when I see it :US looking to bolster Indian defence with Apache helicopters and Javelin missiles : eMagin Display in the Command Launch Unit of the Javelin
Demonstrations of OLED-ULT displays are currently being performed for key customers with interests in ultra-high brightness microdisplays for applications as diverse as aviation head mounted displays, smart glasses, and commercial augmented reality applications. “eMagin’s ultra-high brightness OLED-ULT technology was designed specifically for transparent near-to-eye applications demanding ultra-high brightness, full color imagery with extremely high contrast, compact size and very low power, such as avionics helmets and smart glasses applications” said
While You Were Away : eMagin Demonstrates First Ever Ultra-High Brightness DPD Color OLED Microdisplay
Thursday, June 5, 2014
If you think virtual reality combat training is a thing of the future, think again. Fort Benning Television shows... http://t.co/BPmfGUeadS— 3rd ABCT (@3HBCT_3ID) June 4, 2014
So this is how they did it, Exelis Patent that provides a clip-on device, I assume for FWS III, that prevents the enemy from seeing aiming light : Patent Issued for Clip-On Target Designation Sensor to Night Vision Goggles
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
How (eMagin Head Mounted Display) virtual reality could save your life during a disaster : Kidding, trying to get some of that Oculus Rift "We will change the World" Line of Bullshit Jump Started
Intelligent Decisions wasn't kidding when they said they were poised for rapid expansion. Even with all the Oculus/GoogleGlass Hype, I am as guilty as anyone, Head Mounted Displays for Training and Simulation is the largest market for HMD globally. Of course the article swerves in to Oculus mentions at every possible opportunity "Oculus will be used for PTSD, blah, blah, blah" even though the eMagin HMD pictured is the HMD of choice for PTSD treatment followed by the Sony HMZ-T
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Delighted to see from their SEC Filing of Today that eMagin does not use "Conflict Minerals" obtained from The Republic of the Congo
TrackingPoint working on dumbed down version of Future Weapons Sight, somebody should tell them this is already in the pipeline
Can't see the efficacy of this capability in a hunting situation, just tinkering I reckon.
I'd say today's action is a combo of the Rosenblatt note, the Kopin High Brightness Displays at SID and this...you can start a counter-offensive anytime now eMagin
Sony will describe a new 0.23 inch OLEDS micro display for wearable applications. #SID2014 keynote speech— Alfred Poor (@AlfredPoor) June 3, 2014
Dr. Fan plays his High-Brightness Card ( backlights, that's cheating) : Kopin Extends Industry Leadership with New Line of High-Brightness Display Solutions for Smart Eyewear
Monday, June 2, 2014
Questioned frequently on the topic of rivals eMagin CEO Sculley has never cited Samsung as a competitor, given the chance in a public forum to confirm them as a competitor he said "No, they are not." He has mentioned in the past Kopin and Sony as competitors. Never Samsung. Jerry Carollo, VP of Business Development has made frequent trips to South Korea in the last couple of years. His skill is designing HMDs upstream from eMagin's manufacturing processes. Curiouser and curiouser.