MANHASSET, N.Y. Personal display and OLED microdisplay supplier eMagin Corp. has received U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approval of a patent for a portable communication device with a virtual image display.
According to eMagin (Bellevue, Wash.), such a device would deliver large-screen, high-resolution data displayed from a handheld device through a virtual image that only the individual user could see. The patent covers eMagin products such as the Z800 3DVisor, the upcoming Eyebud 800 personal display system, and similar devices that would enhance and extend the utility of cell phones, PDAs, personal media players, and portable or wearable computers.
Included in the patent are both monocular and binocular systems incorporating earphone speakers and microphones. Such virtual imaging devices would employ high-resolution microdisplays and magnifying optics, in combination with earphones and microphone, to deliver a virtual image that appears to be a large display set off at some distance in front of the user's eye. Sound and voice input complete the virtual imaging experience, delivering full personal computing and communications capabilities.
eMagin expects the patent to broaden its IP portfolio for developing portable imaging products with multifunction capabilities.