Google To Show Off New AR/VR Display Tech At SID 2018

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Google’s all prepped to show off a brand new display at the 2018 Display Week International Symposium (SID), according to a newly discovered preliminary program for the event. The company has been working on the new display, specifically for VR and AR content, for quite some time now. However, the specifications of that have only really been guessed at up until this point. That’s going to change during SID 2018, which runs from May 22 through May 25 in L.A. In fact, the company is set to present its display on the very first day of the symposium at some time between 11:10 in the morning – local time – and 12:30 in Room 515A of the Los Angeles Convention Center. The presentation will take place during session three and will be one part of five during the session.

Happily enough, nobody needs to wait until then to finally hear about the basics of what that display entails. Although there is bound to be much more information about the display during the event, the aforementioned program actually provides substantial details. For starters, the display is meant for use in Wide-Field-of-View High-Acuity Head-Mounted Displays, all but confirming that this is the display Google is known to have been working on. It will be based on OLED technology and will only be 4.3-inches in size but this display is nothing to be scoffed at. For starters, it actually appears to pack in a pixel density at around 1443 pixels-per-inch (PPI). For perspective, a modern top-tier 6-inch smartphone has, at very best, between 500 and 600 PPI. Meanwhile, Google’s display is listed as an 18-megapixel display with a refresh rate of 120-Hz. If those specifications turn out to be accurate, it could represent a significant step forward for the technology it appears to be intended for.

What’s more, that statement becomes even more potent if its intended use includes smartphone-associated AR or VR headsets. Such a high resolution and refresh rate would undoubtedly improve the overall experience and cut down on common problems associated with VR – such as motion sickness and dizziness. With that said, the news should probably be taken with a grain of salt since there are still a couple of months before the event is scheduled to take place. Google could always opt to back out of the session for any number of reasons or the program may not be entirely accurate about the display in question. In any case, this won’t remain a mystery for long.