VividQ and Compound Photonics partner to deliver an integrated solution for real 3D holographic display targeted at augmented reality devices
London, 31st January, 2020 – VividQ, a UK-based company offering the first complete software framework for 3D holographic display, has partnered with Compound Photonics US Corporation (CP), a leading provider of compact high-resolution microdisplays for Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) applications. The collaboration brings to the market solutions for productising high image quality, real-time holographic display, to accelerate the adoption of AR/MR devices across a range of industrial and consumer applications.
Holographic display uses the interference properties of light to generate highly realistic 3D projections of any real or computer generated objects. The holograms are generated by reflecting laser light from a high resolution display that is capable of modulating the phase of the reflected light wave-front. The phase LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) displays produced by CP are ideal for this application as they give extremely precise phase control and high resolution in compact and lightweight form factor. Computing the phase pattern required to project a high quality holographic image on an LCoS display is a hugely difficult computational task. VividQ provides the algorithms and software to calculate and project holograms in real-time on low power compute platforms.
The collaboration was borne out of the need for new high performance, integrated hardware and software solutions for holographic display, designed specifically for AR/MR applications. VividQ and CP work closely to overcome the constraints and meet the requirements that will be demanded to enable future AR products to break into the consumer market. AR devices making use of these CP/VividQ solutions will give end users the ultimate 3D visual experience, solving many of the major issues in AR today such as eye-fatigue and the vergence-accommodation conflict (VAC). These solutions will provide sufficiently bright images at low power and reduce the overall size and weight of future headset designs.
The results of the collaboration will be officially unveiled at SPIE AR/VR/MR in San Francisco between 2nd-4th February, where the first complete demonstrator of a holographic AR headset will be presented. Constructed by VividQ and powered by its software, with the phase LCoS microdisplay subsystem and integration support from Compound Photonics, this demonstrator headset allows companies interested in leveraging holographic technology in their products a first hand look at the superior capabilities of real-time, high quality holographic display for their target applications.
Darran Milne, CEO and co-founder of VividQ, said: “We are excited to work with Compound Photonics to accelerate the adoption of 3D holographic display. At VividQ we believe that the close integration of hardware and software across the AR ecosystem is necessary to deliver the best solutions to the market and in Compound Photonics we found a partner that shares this vision. The AR headset demonstrator presented at SPIE AR/VR/MR is a revolutionary piece of technology showcasing the results of our collaboration to date.”
Yiwan Wong, CEO of Compound Photonics, commented: “CP has been actively developing our LCoS phase display solutions featuring small (3.015 μm) pixel pitch, up to 4+ million available pixels and the high performance display drive to address 3D holographic display requirements. We see VividQ’s computational holography software as a key enabler to providing a complete solution for holographic AR/MR applications. We are extremely excited about this collaboration with VividQ which demonstrates to the industry the feasibility of a high quality 3D holographic display system for future AR headsets.”
VividQ is a deep tech software company with world-leading expertise in 3D holography. The company was founded in 2017 by a team of expert engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists from the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and St Andrews, who solved key technology barriers in the adoption of holographic display. VividQ’s software brings real-time Computer Generated Holography (CGH) to everyday applications. VividQ collaborates with leading technology companies to create the most realistic, immersive and sensational experiences. Learn more at www.vivid-q.com
About Compound Photonics
Compound Photonics is a pioneer in compact high-resolution microdisplay technologies. The company’s solutions are optimized to serve the AR/MR markets where high performance, small form factor, and low power consumption are most critical. Compound Photonics’ microdisplays enable engineers to innovate and create cutting edge consumer and industrial products that can greatly enhance the lives of people. Learn more at www.compoundphotonics.com.