Logistics are driving the need for data glasses, hints Fraunhofer FEP

September 12, 2018 //By Julien Happich
Logistics are driving the need for data glasses, hints Fraunhofer FEP
Safety helmets with built-in microdisplays and multifunction data glasses will soon monitor production lines, advise workers of dangers, and display storage locations according to Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP who develops OLED microdisplays and sensors for such applications.

The scientists at Fraunhofer FEP in Dresden specialize in the development of custom microdisplays for AR and VR data glasses. The microdisplays take advantage of OLED-on-silicon technology. In contrast to other display types, no supplementary illumination is required for OLED microdisplays, as they are themselves luminescent. Thanks to that, they facilitate the design of simplified optics, a more compact design, and considerably higher contrast ratios. In addition, a camera can be integrated directly onto the microdisplay, facilitating control by tracking the eye‘s position and motion.

Display design and parameters such as resolution, pixel size, and supplementary functions can be varied and combined depending on the application, such as for monitoring manufacturing processes or in logistics. The range of displays runs from high-resolution microdisplays in extended full HD for AR/VR applications to variants with ultra-low power consumption for consumer wearables. The research institute provides evaluation kits as development tools.

Industry 4.0 is defined by intelligent factories, known as “Smart Factories”. It is anticipated that future production and logistical processes will be intelligently interlinked in order to make these processes more efficient and adaptable. Augmented and virtual reality (AR, VR) will allow workers to monitor machine data and processes, accessing relevant machine data in real-time as they walk along a production line.

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