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Kopin Corporation has officially kicked off the era of Seamless Virtual Reality.

On stage this week at Augmented World Expo, the company showcased what it calls a groundbreaking reference design, codenamed Elf VR, for a new Head-Mounted Display created with its partner Goertek Inc., a world leader in VR headset manufacturing.

When brought to market, we’re told that the new design “will eliminate the barriers that have long stood in the way of delivering an effective VR experience.”

In fact, traditional attempts at VR headsets have been uncomfortably bulky and heavy, while low resolution and sluggish framerates caused screen door effect and nausea, making them usable for only tens of minutes at a time at best.

To resolve these issues, Kopin’s engineers utilized its three decades of display experience to create “LightningTM” OLED microdisplay panel, putting an end to the dreaded screen-door effect, with 2048 x 2048 resolution in each eye, more than three times the resolution of Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, and at an unbelievable pixel density of 2,940 pixels per inch, five times more than standard displays.

“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.”

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