Moonshots and the Digital Age

by Steve Sechrist

This week past, marked the 50th (golden) anniversary of humanity’s first venture beyond our home planet with the successful landing of Apollo 11 on the surface of the moon, and the safe return of …

Tags:Aviation| Intel| MIT| R&D (Research & Development)| Standards| TI (Texas Instruments)

Kirigami Produces Unique Nanoscale Optical Elements

by Matthew Brennesholtz

Origami (making 3-D shapes by folding paper) and kirigami (which allows cutting as well as folding) are ancient arts. Nano-kirigami has taken off as a field of research in the last few years, targeting …

Tags:Film materials| MEMS| MIT| Polarisers| Vol 25 - Issue 30

A New Way of Doing Large-Format 3D – Without Glasses

by Tom Allen

Two research teams, working together have demonstrated a large-scale autostereoscopic 3D display, which can be used for watching 3D films without resorting to wearing special glasses. The ‘Cinema 3D’ prototype was worked on by …

Tags:3D Cinema| Autostereo 3D| Large Display Monitor| MIT| Vol 23 - Issue 29

Developments in Solid-Liquid Mixtures Suggests New Applications

by Arthur Berman

Researchers within the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University are exploring new means for adjusting the extent that a material scatters light. The researchers believe that such a …

Tags:Materials| MIT| Vol 23 - Issue 25

MIT Shines A New Light On Displays

by Matthew Brennesholtz

It is hard to think of a light source that hasn’t been harnessed by display technologists. Sunlight is used to illuminate e-books and transflective displays. Candles and whale oil lamps were used in magic …

Tags:display technology| Graphene| MIT| Perovskite| Plasmonic Displays| Vol 23 - Issue 23

Lumii Wins Grant for Light Field Technology

by Matthew Brennesholtz

Lumii Inc. (, a start-up spin-out from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was one of 26 winners of seed money from the MassChallenge ( The MassChallenge organization’s goal is to encourage startups and …

Tags:Autostereo 3D| Large Display Monitor| MIT| Mobile Display Monitor| Vol 22 - Issue 45

MIT Works on 2D to 3D Conversion

by Tom Allen

MIT researchers, together with a team from the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), have developed a system that automatically converts 2D video of football games to 3D. The footage can then be played back …

Tags:2D-3D conversion| 3D Content Creation| Large Display Monitor| MIT| Mobile Display Monitor| Vol 22 - Issue 45

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3D Printing of Optical Components with Glass

by Matthew Brennesholtz

Additive Manufacturing (AM), better known as 3D printing, has taken off since a patent on the topic was issued in 1984 to Charles Hull who used a photo-crosslinkable polymer material. Most current 3D printing …

Tags:3D Printers| Glass| Large Display Monitor| MIT| Mobile Display Monitor| Optics| Vol 22 - Issue 44

Quanta, MIT End R&D Partnership

by Helen Vince

Quanta Computer says it is to end its research and development partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this year, after 10 years of co-operation. The Taiwanese firm has already begun to move …

Tags:Large Display Monitor| MIT| Mobile Display Monitor| Quanta| Vol 22 - Issue 32

Quantum Dots: Not just for Displays Anymore

by Matthew Brennesholtz

Everyone in the display community knows (or should know) of the application of quantum dots to improve display colorimetry to near Rec. 2020 standards. The high spectral purity that makes quantum dots usable for …

Tags:Colour (Color)| MIT| Quantum Dots| Sensors| Smartphones| Vol 22 - Issue 31

A Natural Transparent Display

by Tom Allen

Scientists at MIT and Harvard University may have found the ‘key’ to next-generation augmented reality displays – on the shell of a European mollusc. The blue-rayed limpet is a small shellfish living in kelp …

Tags:Augmented Reality| Large Display Monitor| MIT| Mobile Display Monitor| Transparent Displays| Vol 22 - Issue 10