Display Week 2018, the annual conference organized by the Society for Information Display (SID), is underway in the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year’s conference features a special track on virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) technologies and applications. This is quite timely, given the rapid developments on this topic in recent years, as evidenced by the increasing number of companies introducing new products, as well as universities offering specialized courses on the associated technologies.
The VR/AR special track in this year’s conference included a keynote speech delivered by Doug Lanman from Facebook Research Labs, a short course taught by this author, a seminar presented by Robert Konrad from Stanford University, several talks in the market focus conference, an extensive array of technical papers in the symposium, and a number of live demonstrations in the Exhibit Hall.
VR/AR devices promise exciting immersive experiences in the areas of gaming and entertainment, education, tourism, and medical applications, to name a few. The state-of-the-art results presented and demonstrated at Display Week this year are bringing the virtual- and augmented-reality experience ever closer to reality. While you are the event, be sure to get a first-hand experience. As the character Morpheus in the much-acclaimed 1999 movie The Matrix says, “Unfortunately no one can be told what the matrix is -- you have to see it for yourself!” – Achin Bhowmik