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Google Glass: Optical architectures for see through wearable displays.

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Abstract: HUDs (Heads Up Displays) and HMDs (Helmet Mounted Displays) have been around for a few decades, providing exceptional optical performances for specialized defense applications. On the other hand, consumer electronics HMDs (Head Mounted Displays) have been lingering as personal gadgets for a mere decade. But recently, major companies have launched consumer compelling head mounted display solutions integrating hardware, operating system as well as content, unlocking the consumer HMD status-quo.

As a result, we are witnessing today a fragmentation of the HMD market into various categories which have their very own specificity in terms of functionality, hardware and content.

Such fragmentation is responsible for defining new distinct market segments such as consumer near to eye displays, social smart glasses, gaming headsets, as well as professional (engineering and technical) HMDs, specialized (medical, law enforcement, firefighting) HMDs and of course the previously existing defense market.

We will be reviewing the different type of optical hardware used in such devices.


Speaker Biography:

Dr. Bernard KressFor over 20 years, Bernard has made significant scientific contributions as researcher, professor, consultant, advisor, instructor, and author, making major contributions to digital micro-optical systems for consumer electronics, generating IP, and teaching and transferring technological solutions to industry.

Many of the world's largest producers of optics and photonics products have consulted with him on a wide range of optics and photonics technologies including; laser materials processing, optical security, optical telecom/datacom, optical data storage, optical computing, optical motion sensors, pico- projectors, light emitting diode displays, optical gesture sensing, three dimensional remote sensing, digital imaging processing, and biotechnology sensors.

Bernard has generated more than 30 international granted patents. He has published four books, a book chapter, 102 refereed publications and proceedings, and numerous technical publications. He has also been Involved in European Research Projects in Micro-Optics including the Eureka Flat Optical Technology and Applications (FOTA) Project and the Network for Excellence in Micro-Optics (NEMO) Project.

Bernard is currently the optics lead at the advanced technology group in Google Glass Project.


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6:00 - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Bernard Kress, Principal Researcher, Google [X] labs

Title: Presentation: Google Glass: Optical architectures for see through wearable displays.

The presentation starts sharp at 6:00 PM. The doors are sometimes locked and unattended after 6 PM, so please try to arrive between 5:30 and 6:00 PM. Park on the available parking areas.

Everyone is welcome, SID member or not.

Event Location
QUALCOMM, Building B
3165 Kifer Road
Santa Clara, CA 95051


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After-Meeting Pizza/ Beer Networking:This month we will host the Pizza/ Beer networking at new location below.

Great American Round Table
1220 Oakmead Pkwy, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Please register for the Networking event ticket also if you intend to attend the post event pizza/beer networking. All are welcome SID members or not.