Fraunhofer's bi-directional OLED microdisplays at SID 2012

During SID, the Fraunhofer IPMS unveiled their bi-directional OLED microdisplay evaluation kit - which comes with a demo unit and software API so you can design your own application. The HMD is see-through and features eye-tracking, all of this from a single OLED device. The kit costs around €11,000 euro (almost $14,000).

The application they were demonstrating at SID showed a map of the world. If you looked in some directions, the map moved. I couldn't actually get this to work myself... but apparently this system works great for others, as they won the Best of Show at SID.

Fraunhofer OLED HMD on someone at SID 2012 Fraunhofer OLED HMD at SID 2012

The OLED microdisplay itself features a monochrome VGA resolution, and like I said it's bi-directional. The idea is that they put a photodiode between the OLED pixels, which is used for eye-tracking. You can read more about the technology here. One of the nasty side-effects of the Fraunhofer technology is that you can see the red "glow" when looking at someone using the glasses, it's a bit scary...

Fraunhofer bi-directional OLED microdisplay photo

During SID, the Fraunhofer's COMEDD center also announced that they will cooperate with the manufactory MEISSEN (a supplier of high-end interiors) in the field of innovative porcelain luminaires. They will show the first luminares that use the Fraunhofer's TABOLA OLED lighting panels as soon as April 2013.

Posted: Jun 21,2012 by Ron Mertens