A 2.1 inch made-for-VR LCD panel, the identical doubtless utilized in Huawei’s extremely compact VR Glass, has now entered mass manufacturing.
The dimensions of present VR headsets is primarily dictated by what subject of view present lenses can obtain (with out uncorrectable distortion) with a given panel measurement. The smaller the panel, the tougher that is.
The Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, HTC Vive Professional, and HTC Vive Cosmos all use twin panels between three.four and three.6 inches diagonal. Different headsets like PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift S use a single panel, however these panels occupy basically the identical whole house.
The HP Reverb was previously probably the most compact place tracked PC VR headset, utilizing 2.96 inch panels.
JDI’s new panel is 2.1 inches, with the next specs:
Panel Kind: IPS LCD Decision: 1600×1600Max Refresh Price: 120 HzSubpixels: three (RGB)Brightness: 430cd/㎡Response Time: four.5ms (gray-to-gray, worst case)
The corporate states that it’s “utilized in VR glasses which have already been launched to the market”. Given the above measurement, decision, and panel kind (and that the refresh fee is throughout the max) the one recognized headset available on the market this might be is Huawei VR Glass.
Huawei VR Glass
These smaller panels, alongside pancake lenses (a basically completely different design to all different headsets at the moment available on the market), allow the extremely small measurement of the Huawei VR Glass.
Nevertheless, needless to say that product doesn’t have inbuilt positional monitoring or cameras. If these panels are used for a place tracked PC VR headset the scale would doubtless be bigger. And naturally in the event that they have been utilized in an Oculus Quest competitor it could have to be a lot bigger to accommodate a battery and compute .
The comparatively customary decision and use of LCD might make this panel considerably cheaper than excessive decision OLED microdisplay alternate options like what Panasonic confirmed at CES. Huawei’s product is barely formally accessible in China, for the equal of roughly $430.
It’s necessary to notice, nonetheless, that after we tried Huawei VR Glass at CES we famous that it has a narrower subject of view than typical. It could require a bigger design to unravel this.
Most present VR headsets aren’t comfy to put on for prolonged intervals of time. For some, they’re even uncomfortable after a matter of minutes. This may be as a result of they push a comparatively heavy weight towards the sinuses, the place people are notably delicate to strain.
The load’s basic trigger is the the scale of the panels at the moment accessible and the lenses used with them. Smaller panels of the identical decision are tougher to provide, and tougher to amplify over a big subject of view. However JDI seems to have solved the primary hurdle and Huawei demonstrated that the second could be shipped too (with a number of tradeoffs).
With smaller panels, and appropriate pancake lenses, VR might quickly begin to turn into a extra comfy medium that folks can spend hours in with out wanting the cumbersome heavy field off their face. Present VR may at some point be regarded again on like we have a look at the earliest mobile telephones or CRT displays.
Whether or not this show system paradigm will keep within the realm of media viewers or come to gaming centered headsets is but to be seen, however we’ll hold an in depth eye on JDI and corporations doubtless to make use of its new panels.