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May 17, 2018
Japan Display Inc.
NHK Media Technology, Inc.

Japan Display and NHK Media Technology Collaborative Research and Development of a 17.0-inch Light Field Display
- Realizes next-generation 3D video, without 3D glasses -

May 17, 2018 (Tokyo, Japan) - Japan Display Inc. (JDI) and NHK Media Technology, Inc. (NHK-MT) today announced that they have added a video playback function to the"17.0-inch Light Field* Display" which has been under joint research and development between the two companies, and have realized next-generation 3D video. They plan to start mass production of this product during their common FY2019 period, April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020.

The "17-inch light field display", based on JDI's 17-inch 8K LCD, reproduces the reflected light from an object that corresponds to the actual visible position, thereby realizing natural-looking images without any special 3D glasses. Just by ordinary viewing it is able to express extremely realistic images.

JDI and NHK-MT have collaborated to develop a new system that converts multiple light field images arranged in a tiled pattern into a compressed pixel array format suitable for the light field display in real time. With this system it is possible to reproduce an 8K light field video by using a practical playback device. Using the latest digitizing and computer graphics production technologies, combined with digital content compressed with newly-created non-linear algorithms, the system provides unprecedented representation of natural images.

With this new system, 3D videos may be seen without any special glasses and without eye and/or brain fatigue, and can be expected to be used in various applications, such as digital archiving, education and medical fields, etc.

JDI and NHK-MT intend to continue their collaborative work in new technological research and development to create the most life-like 3D images and video possible.

The 17.0-inch Light Field Display will be demonstrated at:

  • Venue: Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Conference: May 21 (Monday) ~ May 25 (Friday), 2018
  • Exhibition: May 22 (Tuesday) ~ May 24 (Thursday), 2018
  • URL: http://www.displayweek.org/ new window
  • SID's Display Week is the premier international event for the electronic display industry, where breakthrough technologies are introduce. Display Week offers synergies unparalleled by any other display event, comprised of attendees and exhibitors representing the foremost display-engineering talent from all over the world, as well as leaders representing both the commercial and consumer markets.

*What is a "Light Field"
In the real world, light travels in an infinite variety of directions, and we recognize our three-dimensional world by the way in which we see this light. A "Light Field" simulates this infinite light concept and enables stereoscopic vision by reproducing light emitted in many different directions.

【About Japan Display Inc.】
Japan Display Inc. ("JDI")is a global leader in innovative display solutions. We provide customers with advanced small- and medium-sized displays for high-end electronic applications, including smartphones, automobiles, medical equipment and VR/AR devices. Our strength lies in leading-edge low temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) technology that enables displays with high resolution, low-power consumption, narrow bezels, and design freedom, with more potential features under development.
Please visit: https://www.j-display.com/english/.

【About NHK Media Technology Inc.】
NHK Media Technology, Inc. is one of the major subsidiaries of NHK, Japan’s sole public broadcaster.NHK Media Technology, Inc. is responsible for the technical operations of NHK programs and the development and operation of its computer systems. We thus support NHK’s broadcasting by our state-of-the-art broadcast engineering and reliable information system technologies. As the media environment undergoes remarkable change and broadcasting services diversify, we are making full use of our twin-pillar technologies to challenge the very limits of these potentials in the industry. Our goals is to seek the better combination of broadcasting and telecommunications, and higher quality though 8K UHDTV production for the future.
Please visit: http://www.nhk-mt.co.jp/en/ new window

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