Pancake Optics, new VR glasses by Kopin

Kopin Corporation, a leading developer and provider of high-resolution microdisplays and display subassemblies for defense, enterprise, consumer and medical products. Announced today it has developed a new all-plastic Pancake optics for its new-generation 1.3” 2.6K x 2.6K Lightning® OLED microdisplay. In addition wth outstanding performance for VR applications.

The new VR glasses allows for the creation of tiny, lightweight, elegant VR glasses that are easy to wear for long periods of time without requiring modification. Especially for persons who wear spectacles.

The P80 Pancake optics produce a highly crisp 77° field-of-view (FOV) picture with a long (23 mm) eye relief. And a big (12 mm) eye box. Kopin earlier revealed the world’s first all-plastic Pancake optics with a 95-degree field of view. But a reduced eye relief and eye box.

Pancake optics


Pancake optic can provide far superior magnified image quality in a much thinner form factor

Pancake optics may deliver considerably greater magnified picture quality in a much thinner form factor than other optics designs. Especially for VR headset devices with FOVs ranging from 50° to 100°.

Previous Pancake optics required at least one spherical glass lens to minimize picture artifacts produced by birefringence of plastic materials. However this spherical glass lens added weight and expense to the lens system, as well as limiting optical design flexibility.

Kopin’s patent-pending two-element Pancake optics design, along with technologies for producing aspherical plastic lenses with practically no birefringence, has resulted in far higher picture quality, smaller size, lighter weight, and cheaper cost than anything before available.

It has been our long-term objective to provide critical components for VR headsets

 According to Kopin Corporation’s CEO and founder, Dr. John C.C. Fan, “Our long-term goal is to supply essential components for virtual reality headsets that are light, small, and easy to use – just put them on and forget about them.”

“With our new-generation 2.6K x 2.6K OLED microdisplay and our revolutionary P80 all-plastic Pancake optics, we virtually achieve such criteria.” We appreciate that a reduced FOV is a bit of a shock — most people strive for the largest picture possible. We do, however, believe in the significance of putting people first. Our new optics will be available as a stand-alone component or as part of a module with our OLED microdisplays.

Our all-plastic Pancake optics, which have a huge eye box and extended eye relief, paired with our amazing OLED microdisplay, which has great color, 120 Hz operation, and 10-bit color management, might usher in a new era of VR glasses.”

The P80 Pancake optics with 2.6K x 2.6K OLED display will be shown at Kopin’s suite

During the reception and Fireside Chat (7:00pm) with Dr. Fan and Chris Chinnock (Insight Media, Inc. & 8K Association) will discuss the Metaverse, the P80 Pancake optics with 2.6K x 2.6K OLED display in Kopin’s suite at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

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