On the heels of the $15 million fundraiser just a few months ago, Brelyon showed his vision of what immersive visuals could look like. At CES in Las Vegas, we tried out the 8K fully immersive OLED display, which gives a VR headset-like experience without having to tie anything to your face.
“Brelyon Fusion enables the mixing of light to scale the field of view in a new way that achieves multiples of resolution,” explained Barmak Heshmat, CEO and founder of Brelyon in an interview with businessroundups.org. “This kind of new light field expansion innovation really allows us to see light as pieces of LEGO blocks that can be built using computers to create a more immersive display.”
The technology is currently a prototype that won’t hit the market for a while – the company estimates in 3-4 years – but it’s very impressive nonetheless. The core technology is what the company calls Ultra Reality, which uses precise wavefront engineering to create a massive field of view with profiled true optical depth. The result is a screen that completely surrounds your field of vision. It also adds spatial audio and uses an array of cameras to track the position of your head, adjusting what the screen shows for maximum immersion.
So, um, who is it for?
“We see this as a parallel to a headset experience, without people having to put on a headset. Of course, the Enterprise market is one of the early adopters. They are already buying some of our older models,” explains Heshmat. “This will be fantastic for gamers, anyone who uses multi-monitor setups, or wants to do something with headsets but doesn’t want to be standing and dancing all the time. It’s a very immersive desktop experience.”
The company points out that the market has spent tens of billions of dollars buying VR headsets, but it believes immersion shouldn’t equate to headsets.
“Tthere should be other solutions here for people who don’t want to wear headsets but still want to be immersed. What’s happening in the industry is that as headsets become more mainstream, some of the elements that used to be used for headsets are now getting cheaper,” says Heshmat. “That enables us to create what we call ‘optical displays’. They use a combination of optics and computer techniques to give you these virtual images without having to wear glasses. We are the architect of these new categories of displays.”
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