Brelyon and ZMicro partner to develop ‘Ultra Reality’ rugged military displays

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October 11, 2022 – Brelyon, a developer of ultra-immersive display technology designed to replace traditional monitors and virtual reality headgear, and ZMicro, a provider of rugged computing solutions for military and aerospace applications, have this week announced a strategic partnership that will see the companies will jointly develop Brelyon’s Ultra Reality rugged displays for deployed military markets. ZMicro will be the exclusive supplier of Brelyon’s technology in rugged markets.

Brelyon’s patented Ultra Reality technology renders a massive virtual screen in a more compact form factor, making it an ideal solution for space-constrained applications, including inside next-generation ground combat vehicles and remote or distributed node command and control centers. 

“Brelyon’s Ultra Reality technology is unlike anything we’ve seen,” said Jason Wade, President of ZMicro. “It has the potential to enable an entirely new way of computing and human-computer interface. By bringing depth and panorama to conventional displays, Brelyon is able to provide large-format and immersive visualization solutions in a small form factor. This is something that can bring huge benefits to military end-users.”

Through the strategic partnership, ZMicro will license Brelyon’s Ultra Reality technology to create one or more rugged, large-format display products for defense applications, including indirect vision, training, simulation, teleoperations, command and control, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR).

Built upon work from the MIT Media Lab, Brelyon’s Ultra Reality technology uses computational wavefront engineering to create a massive field of view (FoV) with true optical depth, generating an immersive panoramic virtual screen that engulfs the viewer without the need for a headset, according to the company.

Launched at CES in January, Brelyon’s Ultra Reality combines the latest technical advances in novel physics and computational optics with the company’s patented superconic light-field expansion technologies. Unlike conventional stereoscopic displays, Brelyon uses its monocular depth modulation capabilities to provide what the company states is a visual experience that alleviates eye fatigue and image artifacts for the user.

“Today’s monitors can take up a lot of space and are not immersive,” said Alok Mehta, COO of Brelyon. “Technologies like VR and AR headsets aren’t user-friendly and have poor image quality. We’re reimagining displays to take the computer display experience into the virtual world without headsets. Through our partnership with ZMicro, we will be able to bring a much richer and more productive viewer experience to end-users of deployed military applications.”

Commenting on the partnership, Mehta added: “In ZMicro, we’ve found an exceptional partner with the expertise and resources to meet the defense industry’s MIL-SPEC ruggedization standards and bring our products to market.” He continued, “With Ultra Reality, Brelyon has been able to break several performance records on conventional parameters for peak brightness, resolution, eye comfort, image size and more. As the defense industry’s need for high-performance displays continues to grow, we believe Brelyon’s large-format display solution is well-positioned to dominate the market.”

For more information on Brelyon and its ultra-immersive displays, please visit the company’s website.

Image / video credit: Brelyon / YouTube

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