Virtual Reality is the fun tech of the future that inches ever closer to dropping the V to look more like the R.
According to Engadget, these new screens developed by Samsung and Standford University might be one of the next big steps in this progression, by eliminating the screen door effect.
For those yet to step into the virtual world, wearing a VR headset is a less than perfect experience. They can be a bit bulky and awkward as they look to wear, but that’s slowly getting better. When you’re actually in the headset, most people’s biggest complaint is that it can be like looking through a fine mesh or screen door.
This is due to the gaps between the pixels. When they’re as close to your face as a VR screen is, you notice them. For some this makes motion sickness or headaches more of an issue, and for others it’s just a bit of a marr on the immersive experience.
Either way, it’s definitely something worth fixing to bring VR into the future.
The way Samsung and Stanford University are combating this is with their newly developed OLED technology supporting 10,000 pixels per inch. Most headsets on the market today have screens around the 500 ppi field with some going as high as around 1000 ppi.
This means the gaps between pixels will likely get even smaller but that’s not all to this new tech.
It does even more to get rid of the screen door effect by having reflective layers made with nano-sized corrugations. This film is how they can get such high pixel densities without having to limit the brightness.
The design works for large scale manufacturing and Samsung is already reportedly working on some full sized displays with this tech, so the future may not be as far as we think. That is as long as the PCs are powerful enough to support such high resolutions.
But this combined with other cool tech like the Virtuix Omni One VR treadmill means I’m hoping to ditch regular reality as soon as possible.