New LED display tech could revolutionize wearable devices like Google Glass

Zach Epstein

Google Glass LED Tech
Google Glass LED Tech

Google Glass might not be the next iPad, but future versions of wearable computing devices like Glass are widely expected to be the next major consumer electronics revolution. There are still several technology hurdles preventing the proliferation of wearables, such as awful battery life and relatively poor display visibility, but one Brooklyn-based startup is looking to kill two birds with one stone.

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Lumiode founder and CEO Vincent Lee recently spoke with MIT’s Technology Review blog about his company’s work in the field of LED displays.

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“Unlike most displays, which have a light-emitting backplane and use filters to make the individual color pixels that collectively form images, Lumiode’s technology uses the light-emitting diodes as the pixels,” wrote Technology Review’s Rachel Metz. “They are more efficient because no light is lost through filtering. The result, says founder and CEO Vincent Lee, will be tinier, brighter, more energy-efficient head-mounted displays and projectors.”

The startup’s LED technology, which arranges LEDs into patterns and then covers them with silicon that controls how much light each diode emits, is not yet ready for primetime. Lee says future displays that use his technology will be 30 times brighter and 10 times more efficient than comparable panels though, and they will also be affordable since they use standard components and manufacturing processes.

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