Friday, June 12, 2009

World's Smallest VGA Display

Kopin crafts world's smallest VGA microdisplay, with a planned 2k x 2k postage stamps up next!

You're looking at a full-color LCD with a resolution of 600 x 480 pixels (more than your iPhone's 480 x 320) that measures just over a quarter of an inch, diagonally--the world's smallest. Each individual pixel measures 2.9 x 8.7 µm (that's micro); for reference, the thickness of a human hair is around 100 µm.

But why? Kopin, the company that created the prototype, has the ultimate goal of creating a display with a resolution of 2048 x 2048 (4.2 million dots) that's smaller than a postage stamp--that's more resolution than a typical high-def wide screen monitor or television. They're hoping to use these ultra-high res, tiny displays to make sharp, high-end electronic viewfinders in HD video and still cameras, similar to the one already used in Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds G1 (which uses 1.4 million dots).

See there display products for more info.

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