Kopin’s Prototype VR Headset is remarkably slim & Light, over 3x the Pixels of Rift and Vive

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Kopin and Goertek establish age of Seamless Virtual Reality with state of the art New research Design.

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When unveiled in market, the brand new design will get rid of the barriers that have traditionally stood in the form of providing a very good VR experience. Indeed, conventional efforts at VR headsets have been absolutely cumbersome as well as hefty, while low resolution and slow framerates triggered screen door effect and nausea, which makes them functional just for tens of minutes at one time at the best.

To deal with these problems, Kopin’s engineers utilized its three decades of display experience to produce “LightningTM” OLED microdisplay panel, placing an end to the terrifying screen-door effect, with 2048 x 2048 quality in each eye, over three times the resolution of Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, and at a fantastic pixel thickness of 2,940 pixels per inch, 5 times more than standard displays.

Kopin’s Prototype VR Headset comparison

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Technical specs:

  • Elf VR is equipped with Kopin “Lightning” OLED microdisplay panels, which feature 2048 x 2048 resolution of each panel, to provide binocular 4K image resolution at 120Hz refresh rate. Combined with both 4K Ultra-High image resolution and 120Hz refresh-rate, Elf VR provides very smooth images with excellent quality, and effectively reduces the sense of vertigo.
  • The Microdisplay panels are manufactured with advanced ultra-precise processing techniques. Its pixel density was increased by approximately 400% compared to the conventional TFT-LCD, OLED and AMOLED display, and the screen size can be reduced to approximately 1/5 at similar pixel resolution level.
  • Elf VR also adopts an advanced optical solution with a compact Multi-Lens design, which enabled it to reduce the thickness of its optical module by around 60%, and to reduce the total weight of VR HMD by around 50% as well, which can significantly improve the user experiences for longtime wearing.
  • The reference design supports two novel optics solutions – 70 degrees FOV for film-like beauty or 100 degrees FOV for deep immersion.

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Image of Elf VR courtesy of Kopin Corporation

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“It is now time for us to move beyond our conventional expectation of what virtual reality can be and strive for more,” explained Kopin founder and CEO John Fan. “Great progress has been made this year, although challenges remain. This reference design, created with our partner Goertek, is a significant achievement. It is much lighter and fully 40% smaller than standard solutions, so that it can be worn for long periods without discomfort. At the same time, our OLED microdisplay panel achieves such high resolution and frame rate that it delivers a VR experience that truly approaches reality for markets including gaming, pro applications or film.”