The Void VR amusement park will use a custom-designed headset with curved OLED displays

The Void, a virtual-reality amusement park that will be opened in 2016 in Midvale, Utah, just revealed the headset that will be given to players when they enter the park. Up until now they used Oculus Rift DK2 headsets for testing, but the final system will use a custom-designed headset called the Rapture.

The Void Rapture photo

The Rapture uses two curved OLED displays, each with a resolution of 2048x1556. The unique form factor will offer a 180-degree field of view (The Rift DK2 has a FOV of 100 degrees). The rapture uses custom designed dual-lens optics.

FlexEnable and CPT's OTFT flexible AMOLED prototype shown in video

A few months ago, FlexEnable and Chunghwa Picture Tube (CPT) demonstrated a full-color flexible AMOLED display that uses FlexEnable's OTFT backplane. FlexEnable today published a video showing the display in action:

This glass-free display is still a prototype (as you can see there are many defects) - but it's a great demonstration of a truly flexible display. It operates at 60Hz and is only 125 microns thick.

Apple opened a new display laboratory in Taiwan to develop new display technologies

According to Bloomberg, Apple opened a new laboratory in Taiwan where 50 engineers are developing new display technologies. Apple aims to develop new iPhone and iPad screens that are thinner, lighter, brighter and more energy efficient. Bloomberg says that Apple is focused on better LCDs - but is also "keen" to move to OLED displays.

Apple iPhone 6s photo

Apple moved in earlier in 2015, and the building was previously used by Qualcomm to develop Mirasol displays. The researchers and engineers were recruited mostly from AU Optronics and Qualcomm.

Will Perovskite LEDs one day replace OLEDs?

Researchers at Korea's Pohang University developed a perovskite LED (PeLED) - that could be used to create displays and lighting panels, one day. PeLEDs have been shown before - but with very limited luminous efficiency. Now the researchers claim that the efficiency of their PeLEDs compete with phosphorescent OLEDs.

The main problem in PeLEDs has been the significant exciton dissociation in perovskite layers. The researchers managed to overcome this by fine stoichiometric tuning that prevents exciton dissociation, and also by nanograin engineering that reduces perovskite grain size, and concomitantly decreases exciton diffusion length.

OLED-Info is not for sale...

Two weeks ago I posted that that OLED.com is up for sale. It turns out that several people thought that OLED-Info is for sale, so I'm sending out this clarification: No, I am not selling OLED-Info. The site I started almost 12 years ago is still up and running - and I hope to keep working on it for years.

OLED.com is a different domain, one that I do not even own. The owners of this domain decided to put it up for auction - and I simply wanted to update on this excellent opportunity to buy the top domain for the OLED industry. Note that it is just a domain - with no web site...

Eyevis to launch 55" transparent OLED modules in February 2016

Eyevis, a Germany-based maker of visual displays solutions for control rooms, broadcast applications and VR & simulation, announced it will demonstrate "shippable" 55" transparent OLED modules. The new OLEDs will be on display at the IES 2016 conference (February 9).

Samsung Display 55'' transparent OLED photo 

Eyevis is the 2nd retail to announce 55" transparent OLEDs. In February 2015, Planar Systems unveiled a 55" Full-HD transparent OLED prototype. Planar started accepting orders for the Planar LookThru displays in November 2015 for $14,995. The displays will ship in February 2016.

Meet the OLED-Info team at the Mobile World Congress 2016

The OLED-Info team is excited to announce its attendance at the at the MWC 2016, the world's largest event for the mobile industry held in Barcelona, Spain. The MWC event is always exciting, and we hope to see many new OLED devices and prototypes on display.

If you want to schedule a meeting during the event, contact us here. We hope to come back with several interesting OLED stories, so stay tuned. This year the event will feature an entire pavilion dedicated to graphene in regards to the mobile world. Graphene has a potential to revolutionize many industries - be sure to check out our sister site graphene-info to stay updated on everything graphene.

IHS: 79 million AMOLED panels shipped in Q3 2015, a new record high

According to IHS, 79 million AMOLED displays shipped in Q3 2015 - which is a new record high. The revenues from those OLEDs reached $3.29 billion - also a record high. Q3 2015 shipments doubled that of Q3 2014, and rose 35% over Q2 2015. Most of these displays were, of course, produced by Samsung Display and ended up in smartphones.

Samsung Z3 photo

IHS says that the AMOLED displays accounts for 18% of the total mobile phone display market.

Mitsubishi and Pioneer to start mass producing color-tunable OLEDs made using a wet-coating process

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation Pioneer Corporation have developed a color-tunable and dimmable OLED lighting panel produced using Mitsubishi's wet-coating process. The companies say that this panel can be produced for less than one-third of the cost of OLEDs made with regular evaporation-based production methods.

MCPionner color-tunable wet-coated OLED prototype photo

Mitsubishi and Pioneer say that these panels will be mass produced in early 2016. They will make three panels, the OLE-P0505 (55x55 mm, active area 40x35 mm), the OLE-P0707 (69x69 mm, active area 54x51 mm) and the OLE-P0909 (92x92 mm, active area 76x76 mm). All three panels are 1.08 mm thick and feature a max luminance of 2,000 cd/m2 and a color temperature of 3000K to 5000K. The panels will be distributed by MC Pioneer OLED Lighting Corporation.

Lux Research expects the OLED market to only reach $15 billion in 2020

A Lux Research analyst posted an article on Printed Electronics Now with the company's latest emerging display market forecasts. Lux sees three display technologies as emerging ones in the next 5 years: OLEDs, Quantum Dots and reflective displays. The whole group will grow at a 24% CAGR to reach $21 billion in 2020 - most of the growth will come from OLEDs, with QDs growing faster but from a smaller market in 2015.

Lux Research emerging display forecast chart (2015-2020)

Specifically regarding OLEDs, Lux sees the market growing from $6.2 billion in 2015 to $15 billion in 2020 - a CAGR of 19%. In 2020 smartphones will still be the leading market as OLEDs will not be able to capture a large portion of the TV market (due to high cost and differential aging issues). The OLED TV market will only reach $480 million in 2020.

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