Replicating Reality ™ leaves its mark at E3 Expo

The words on everyone’s lips…

Replicating Reality ™, the virtual reality concept intended to revolutionise the consumer entertainment industry, got off to a good start at the E3 Expo earlier this month. The demonstration system is now en route to IVR, a Virtual Reality, Gaming and 3D metrology show in Tokyo (Jun 22-24) where it’s hoped to repeat the previous success.

The team behind Replicating Reality ™, Forth Dimensions Displays (ForthDD) was pleased with the number of attendees the stand attracted, as well as the response received. Their public relations campaign proved to be successful since the objective of creating a buzz within the industry was certainly achieved. The company and the concept gained some great coverage across the globe, indicating that virtual reality is the direction in which today’s gamers want the industry to go. To top it all off, not only was Replicating Reality™ picked up by BBC news, but the story most popular news item on the BBC News website on the day of broadcast.

Ursula Posch, Marketing and Communications Manager at Forth Dimensions Displays said, ‘We are absolutely delighted with the popularity of this experience, many of those who visited the stand said they had been waiting for something like this for years. At this stage we are ideally seeking to partner with a major player in the gaming industry who can provide the right expertise to take this project forward to the next level.’

ForthDD, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kopin Corporation, is the world’s leading supplier of high resolution microdisplays for Near-To-Eye (NTE) applications. The company’s experience supplying displays for high-performance training and virtual reality head-mounted displays (HMDs) under-pinned the development of the Replicating Reality™ concept which is demonstrated through a fully immersive 3D HMD. The E3 demonstration enabled the user to experience motor racing in a new way, as if driving on a real racetrack. This concept has been designed with a number of potential application areas in mind, it is not restricted simply to the gaming industry. The Replicating Reality™ concept and demonstration has been developed to give the mind the opportunity to ponder as to what the future really holds for the entertainment industry.

For more information on Replicating Reality™ come and speak to ForthDD at IVR 3D and Virtual Reality Expo, booth #24-39. ForthDD will be present at the show from June 22-24, 2011 at Tokyo International Exhibition Center.

Alternatively, if you are not able to make the show and you are looking for more information, please contact us at info@replicatingreality.com or visit our website www.replicatingreality.com

Forth Dimension Displays introduce Replicating Reality™ to Japan at IVR Expo

Forth Dimension Displays is to exhibit at this year’s IVR 3D and Virtual Reality Expo, which will be held from June 22-24, at Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight).

At the expo, Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) will unveil Replicating Reality™, a brand new concept which creates the ultimate experience by making the user feel fully immersed in a different world or hyper-reality. Initially launching within the gaming industry, it is hoped that this concept will eventually revolutionise the consumer entertainment industry.

IVR is Japan’s largest exhibition showcasing the latest in 3D technology and super-high definition imaging. The show attracts a huge amount of attendees from various sectors including manufacturing, broadcasting, entertainment, telecommunications, universities and research centres.

ForthDD, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kopin Corporation, is the world’s leading supplier of high resolution microdisplays for Near-To-Eye (NTE) applications. The company’s experience supplying displays for high-performance training and virtual reality head-mounted displays (HMDs) had a huge part to play in the development of the Replicating Reality™ concept which will be demonstrated through a fully immersive 3D HMD. This demo will enable the user to experience motor racing in a new way – as if driving on a real racetrack. This concept has been designed to be both thought provoking and suggestive and has few limitations as to which applications it could be used for. This leaves the mind to ponder what the future really holds for the entertainment industry.

For more information on Replicating Reality™ come and speak to ForthDD at IVR 3D and Virtual Reality Expo, booth 24-39. ForthDD will be present at the show from June 22-24, 2011 at Tokyo International Exhibition Center.

Alternatively, if you are not able to make the show and you are looking for more information, please contact us at info@replicatingreality.com or visit our website www.replicatingreality.com

Forth Dimension Displays introduce Replicating Reality™ at E3 Expo

Definitely one to watch in consumer entertainment…
Forth Dimensions Displays (ForthDD) is to exhibit at this year’s E3 Gaming Convention which will be held from June 7-9, at the Los Angeles Convention Centre (booth #2962).

ForthDD will showcase Replicating Reality™, a brand new concept which creates the ultimate experience by making the user feel fully immersed in a different world or hyper-reality. Initially launching within the gaming industry, it is hoped that this concept will eventually revolutionise the consumer entertainment industry.

E3 Expo is the world’s leading trade show for the global interactive entertainment industry. This event is closed to the general public and is exclusive to industry professionals. This year alone the trade show is expected to attract tens of thousands, amongst them will be the most influential people and key decision makers within the interactive entertainment arena. E3 Expo is popularly known as the ultimate expo for cutting edge technologies and innovative products within this industry. In order to exhibit at E3, each company must qualify for this exclusive event.

ForthDD, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kopin Corporation, is the world’s leading supplier of high resolution microdisplays for Near-To-Eye (NTE) applications. The company’s experience supplying displays for high-performance training and virtual reality head-mounted displays (HMDs) had a huge part to play in the development of the Replicating Reality™ concept which will be demonstrated through a fully immersive 3D HMD. This demo will enable the gamer to experience car racing in a new way – as if driving on a real racing track. This concept has been designed to be both thought provoking and suggestive. The concept has few limitations as to which applications it could be used for, leaving the mind to ponder what the future really holds for the entertainment industry.

For more information on Replicating Reality™ come and speak to ForthDD at booth #2962. ForthDD will be present from June 7-9 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, LA, California.

Alternatively, if you are not able to make the show and you are looking for more information, please contact us at info@replicatingreality.com or visit our website www.replicatingreality.com

Forth Dimension Displays highly visible at ITEC 2011

Europe’s leading military training and simulation event, ITEC 2011 held in Cologne, Germany earlier this month, was a highly successful event for Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) where a number of its customers showed cutting edge near-to-eye (NTE) display systems in various simulation environments using the ForthDD microdisplay.

Head mounted displays from Rockwell Collins Optronics (RCO), Cybermind and NVIS were very prominent on the trade show floor, as well as simulation binoculars from both Cybermind and NVIS.

Highlights included (but were not limited to):

• Rheinmetall, Germany: A.N.T.Ares reconfigurable flight simulator and ground soldier trainer utilising the Cybermind Visette 45 head mounted display
• EST, Germany: resellers for NVIS and Cybermind, showing the NVIS SX111 head mounted display and Cybermind simulation binoculars.
• Thales, Germany: NVIS simulated binoculars for forward observation training.
• Cassidian, Germany: head mounted display from Rockwell Collins Optronics for dismounted soldier simulations and NVIS simulation binoculars
• Virtalis, UK: resellers for NVIS, Virtalis showcased the NVIS MX60 and SX60 head mounted displays.
• Meggitt, Netherlands: NVIS SX60 head mounted display for the JTAC trainer

Ursula Posch, Marketing and Communications Manager for ForthDD commented “The European Military Training and Simulation environment is by far one of our largest markets. This soon becomes apparent through the strong performance of our customers NVIS, RCO and Cybermind, all of whom we have supported with our highly successful SXGA resolution Liquid Crystal on Silicon microdisplay which can be seen within all these high performance near-to-eye display systems. Not only does our best-in-class image quality ensure that the user is trained within the very highest of fidelity simulation, but we can also show greater than 9 years supply into this market ensuring that our customers can be supported in these products which require long life cycles.”

For more information on the ForthDD product range, please contact us at sales@forthdd.com or call +44 (0) 1383 827 950.

ForthDD to exhibit at Laser 2011

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD), Europe’s only manufacturer of Liquid Crystal On Silicon (LCOS) microdisplays, is pleased to announce its attendance as an exhibitor at Laser 2011 in Munich, Germany between the 23rd and 26th of May 2011.

ForthDD’s presence will be at Scottish Development International’s Scottish Pavilion at B2-556, ForthDD will be exhibiting its SXGA-R5 microdisplay product.

The SXGA-R5 is ForthDD’s latest board level product and has been designed for space critical applications which still require the very best in image quality. At one quarter the size of its predecessor, the SXGA-R3, the SXGA-R5 can now be easily integrated into microdisplay applications as diverse as ophthalmic test equipment, electronic viewfinders and surgical microscopes.

In attendance will be European Sales Manager, David Vettese, who comments, “The European market is of vital importance to Forth Dimension Displays and we are seeing significant growth in a number of areas. We also recognise the importance of the Laser show as a central meeting point for showcasing innovative technologies and discussing new ideas. Further, as part of the Scottish Pavilion, we are proud to be part of a strong network of Scottish optoelectronic companies.”

In January of 2011, Kopin Corporation acquired ForthDD for approximately $11m and additional contingent consideration. For further information or to arrange a meeting please contact sales@forthdd.com or phone at +44 (0) 1383 827 950.

Forth Dimension Displays demonstrates SXGA–R5 microdisplay

TAUNTON, Mass, April 26, 2011 – Forth Dimension Displays (FDD), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kopin Corporation (Nasdaq: KOPN), announces the demonstration of their recently launched SXGA-R5 microdisplay solution, from today through Thursday at the Defense, Security and Sensing 2011 Symposium in Orlando, Florida.

The Symposium is sponsored by the Society for Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), an international organization advancing the science and application of light.

The SXGA-R5 microdisplay, a 0.88” reflective LCOS micro-display, is the latest generation in FDD’s family of high-performance 1280×1024 displays and is ideally suited for applications such as high-end training, simulation and medical systems. The SXGA-R5 also sports an advanced interface which significantly reduces control circuit size while providing stunning image quality. FDD will be exhibiting the SXGA-R5 in booth #400 along side Kopins’ transmissive SXGA solutions.

“We are delighted with the market response to the launch of the SXGA-R5,” stated Greg Truman, President and CEO of Forth Dimension Displays. “Early adopters throughout Scandinavia, France and the USA have successfully integrated the SXGA-R5 into cutting edge new products within the scientific and ophthalmic diagnosis fields.”

Recently acquired by the Kopin Corporation, FDD has combined forces with Kopin in an effort to address a broader range of market opportunities. “The AMLCD display is by far the most reliable and advanced display technology available today,” stated Dr. John C. C Fan, president and CEO of Kopin Corporation. “FDD’s reflective display technology offers a complimentary solution to our transmissive approach and is well suited for projection applications and products requiring ultra-high brightness.”

“With a footprint nearly one quarter the size of the SXGA-R3, the SXGA-R5 is not only more versatile, but its added functionality provides for the utmost in imaging quality in a lower power, cost effective display,” stated David Vettese, European Sales Manager for Forth Dimension Displays. “With this compact form factor and increased performance, we are now targeting applications in the defense, security and industrial markets, and this is a great opportunity to showcase the device at one of SPIE’s most prestigious events.”

ForthDD at SID Mid-European Chapter Event in Dresden

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) are proud to announce their participation in the forthcoming Society for Information Displays Mid European (SID-ME) Chapter Spring Meeting 2010 at the Fraunhofer IMPS in Dresden.

This event which is entitled “Personal Projection and Information Displays: OLED, MEMS and emerging technologies for HMD, HUD, flexible and pico-projectors” will take place between the 18th and 19th of March 2010.

As Europe’s only manufacturer of LCOS microdisplays, ForthDD will be playing an active role in the event with both an exhibition of their world class near-to-eye (NTE) microdisplay solutions along with a technical presentation on the important metrics of microdisplays for professional NTE applications.

Present at the ForthDD exhibit will be products from three of ForthDD’s customers.

EST of Kaiserslautern, Germany will be demonstrating a wide field of view head mounted display from NVIS Inc of Reston, VA, USA. NVIS designs and manufactures virtual reality displays that allow users to visualize and interact with simulated 3D environments. Their products incorporate wide field-of-view optics and high-resolution microdisplays into ergonomically designed displays optimized for comfort and ease-of-use.

Cybermind Interactive Netherlands will showcase their new simulated binocular product. This new system called the Cybermind VB56-SX will feature the ForthDD SXGA resolution microdisplay and 56 degree field of view binocular optics. These high end optronics are placed in a new design of handheld binoculars and can be configured according to the end users need using the programmable buttons. Simulated binoculars are used for: Navy and civil training and simulation, vehicle mounted sight systems, augmented Reality applications. More information is available on www.cybermindnl.com

Further to these new products, ForthDD will be exhibiting their latest WXGA resolution microdisplay in a monocular viewer. With an industry leading 96% fill factor, 1280 x 768 resolution and colour reproduction accurately achieved by ForthDD’s Time Domain Imaging, the WXGA is already the microdisplay of choice for applications where image quality is paramount.

One further exhibit will be the eagerly awaited –R5 interface. Designed with space critical and low power consumption applications in mind, the new –R5 will be of interest to many companies in the military, medical, cinematography and industrial market segments.

In attendance from ForthDD will be Nigel Cartwright (Senior Application Engineer) and Dave Vettese (European Sales Manager).

Mr. Vettese will be presenting a paper entitled “Fundamental Microdisplay Metrics for Near-to-Eye Applications: An analysis of the main features of microdisplays for best practice NTE designs” which will cover the main points to consider when designing a near-to-eye display for professional and high end market needs.

Mr. Cartwright will be available for in-depth technical discussions through out the event. Based in the German applications support office in Berlin, Nigel has experience of design-ins with every ForthDD product and was largely responsible for specifications and design of the ForthDD ASIC through to the SXGA-3DM system.

For further details, or to book an appointment please contact ForthDD sales team at:

Email: sales@forthdd.com
Tel: +44(0)1383 827 950
Web: www.forthdd.com

Workshop on Fringe Projection Attracts ForthDD

Forth Dimension Displays Ltd (ForthDD) will sponsor and attend the “Fringe 09 International Workshop on Advanced Optical Metrology” in Nürtingen, Germany between the 14th and 16th of September 2009.

Staff from ForthDD will be in attendance to introduce new customers to the latest projection display technology and interface electronics specifically designed for 3D metrology and fringe projection applications.

To make an appointment, or to receive further information on the SXGA-3DM product please email sales@forthdd.com or call +44(0)1383 827 950

Little Hearts Matter to Forth Dimension Displays with their First Charity Golf Event

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) have enjoyed their first, in what is hoped to be an annual series, golf event which was held at Burntisland Golf House Club on the May 21st, 2009.  Golf has been played at Burntisland since 1797 (some historians suggest 1688) and it was very fitting that one of Scotland’s brightest and best technology companies play their golf at one of Scotland’s oldest and most beautiful golf courses.

Staff and former colleagues of ForthDD came together to raise funds for the “Little Hearts Matter”, a registered charity which offers support and information to parents and also raises awareness of those affected when a child has conditions such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, pulmonary atresia, tricuspid atresia or Double Inlet Ventricle.

In all, eleven contestants braved the challenge of Burntisland which is known for its long par 5 and unsighted par 3s.  As with many Scottish summers, the weather was changeable with driving rain and blistering sunshine both in attendance.

Golf Forth Dimension Displays
From left to right: Dave Vettese, Greg Truman, Robert Hoffman, Calum Dewar, Chris Chalmers, Mark Taylor, Graeme Miller, George Jack, Duncan Anderson, Mike Hay, Mark McCallum, Andrew McCue

In the individual event, the educated money was on Chris Chalmers (Senior Electronics Engineer) to win on his home course and so it was to prove as he won with an excellent 36 stable ford points, 9 ahead of his nearest rival, Principal Process Engineer Mark Taylor.  In third place was European Sales Manager Dave Vettese, just one point behind.

In the team event, the production team (Andrew McCue, Production Director and Mark Taylor) led the way with some consistent scoring.  In second place were Chris Chalmers, Graeme Miller (Senior Electronics Engineer) and their manager Calum Dewar for the product design team.  In third spot were the optics team (Duncan Anderson of Intense Photonics and Mark McCallum of Edinburgh Instruments) followed by the sales team (Robert Hoffman, Sales Director and Dave Vettese).   Bringing up the rear was the finance team of George Jack and Mike Hay.

Two other trophies were awarded on the day.  Dave Vettese won the “nearest the pin” competition at the par 3 5th hole and Mark Taylor won the “longest drive” with a 250+ yards smack at the par 4 13th hole.

Funds were raised by a series of fun events along with entrance fee for the golf.  Forth Dimension Displays also donated a large sum on a like for like basis.  All in, just over £600 has been raised from this event which has been donated to “Little Hearts Matter”.

Next year ForthDD hopes to see a number of customers and suppliers along with some better weather!  If you are interested in participating please contact Dave Vettese at sales@forthdd.com

Forth Dimension Displays celebrates successful SID Mid European Spring Meeting in Jena

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) have this month celebrated a successful SID Mid European Chapter meeting, this time at the Fraunhofer IOF in Jena, Germany.

At this event, the oral presentation by Mark McCallum of ForthDD entitled “The use of LCOS microdisplays in 3D optical surface metrology systems” was well received by peers and potential new customers alike.

To support this technical presentation, ForthDD demonstrated their “Time Domain Imaging” microdisplay solution at a busy exhibit where new and existing customers were able to discuss their numerous applications with ForthDD engineering and sales staff.

European Sales Manager David Vettese stated “With full colour, high resolution and high fill factor available in a single microdisplay package, the SXGA ferroelectric LCoS display was a star of the exhibition when shown in both Near-To-Eye and projection demonstrators. The fast switching speed of the liquid crystal also lends itself for use in emerging applications including holographic data storage, confocal microscopy and optical correlators”.

For further information email: sales@forthdd.com

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