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"I am an earl in the Court of Bedlam now, chosen personally by Mephala to represent her on this all-too-fragile world."
Nocturnal betrayed your Prince when she killed the Ritemaster and took the Heart for herself."What are you talking about? Nocturnal, Mephala, and Clavicus Vile are partners in this. That's why our three sects formed the Court of Bedlam. Three Daedric Princes working together to make the world a better place."
First, tell me the triad's original plan."Do we really need to go over this again? Mephala and the triad sought places of power—the Clockwork City, the Crystal Tower—anything they could use to change the rules of reality and remake the world. They wanted to make things better!"
What did you hope to accomplish with the Court of Bedlam?"The Court offered me a purpose after my life lost its meaning. Our Princes promised to remake the world, turn it into a better place. A paradise. And they were going to elevate the Altmer back to their status as gods. Suffering would come to an end."
Isn't that what Nocturnal still wants to do?"Not in the least. Remaking the world to eliminate death and disease is one thing. Destroying everything to turn yourself into a being of infinite power—well, that's something else entirely. Mephala will see that and provide the help you need."
— Earl Leythen
Nedoril: "The Court of Bedlam will eradicate the lesser races! Maybe even deal with our unworthy Queen!"
Nedoril: "I have a lot to answer for? The Court of Bedlam is going to turn me into a god!" Razum-dar: "Foolishness can be ignored. Murder and treason , not so much." Nedoril: "You and your Queen have no authority over a true Altmer, you mangy cat!" Razum-dar: "This one cannot allow your crimes to stand unanswered."
"In the end, your own world will provide the power that spells its doom!"
Veya, you can't let Nocturnal destroy the world!"Stop calling me that! Veya died on a cold, hard floor in Balmora. I'm Tundilwen now, champion of Nocturnal! As the Crystal Tower fills with power drawn from this dying world, it will provide my Mistress with what she needs to remake reality."
So why betray the other Princes?"Mephala and Clavicus Vile are fledglings compared to my Mistress! Nocturnal existed before this reality was even imagined, and she will ride its destruction into the next! This isn't an end—it's a new beginning!"
— Earl Tundilwen
No, I'm not crazy. I've been having dreams. Dreams filled with talking crows and shadowy creatures. With towers stretching to the stars. These are dreams of darkness and change. Of a chance for a new world.
When I read these words, it seems like I should be afraid, but I'm not. There's a comfort to it all, as strange as that sounds. I think it's the Lady of Shadows. She's kind to me. She listens to me when I speak to her in my dreams. She holds me when I cry. She comforts me.
This woman, she is more of a mother to me than my own mother ever was. And she's promised me we're going to fix the world so no one ever suffers again or loses someone they love.
— Veya's Private Thoughts, Part 3 - A Voice in the Dark by Veya Releth : The journal of an exiled House Redoran noble
I am reborn.Their goal was simple: this 'too-fragile world' is some sort of failure, it's a reality of death, disease, suffering, hatred, greed, pain and loss, and so it needs to be destroyed not for destruction's sake, but to create a better place, to make things better, to end suffering and turn their chosen ones (the members of the cult I assume) into the gods they were always meant to be. They were trying to remake reality and change its laws to create a paradise. In one sentence: their goal was to fix the universe.
Mother has made it clear to me that the path I followed was not my own. That I'd be a slave to this world's rules and laws. That I'd be forced to walk the steps of another. I should be free, and free is what I shall become.
From the darkness, a new dawn is about to break over this world. With the coming of this dawn, hatred, greed, and death will be wiped away. I am so ready for this to occur and I've never been more sure about the part I want to play.
Mother has offered me a position in the Court of Bedlam, a group dedicated to bring this new world into existence. But Mother's plans go well beyond even this prestigious group.
Mother has given me a new name. A new goal. Blood will be spilled. Lives will be lost. But in the end, the world itself shall change. No more pain. No more loss.
No longer am I daughter of House Redoran. Now I am a daughter of Nocturnal.
My name is Tundilwen, and I will burn the world so that a better one may rise from the ashes.
— Veya's Private Thoughts, Part 4 - Reaching Summerset by Veya Releth : The journal of an exiled House Redoran noble
Praise be to your brothers and sisters. Great shall be their reward in Paradise! Hear now the words of Lord Dagon: "When I walk the earth again, the faithful among you shall receive your reward: to be set above all other mortals forever. As for the rest… the weak shall be winnowed; the timid shall be cast down; the mighty shall tremble at my feet and pray for pardon." Your reward, brothers and sisters: the time of cleansing draws nigh. I go now to Paradise. I shall return with Lord Dagon at the coming of the Dawn!The very same image of 'one world rising from the ashes of the other' is used by both Mankar Camoran and Earl Tundilwen. Though it should be noted that this idea is also omnipresent in the beliefs of the Clockwork Apostles, followers of Sotha Sil, with Nirn Prior having to be dismantled for the Second Nirn, the inchoate Nirn-Ensuing, Tamriel Final, Anuvanna'si to be brought forth, 'a true Nirn' that the et'Ada gears were never truly able to concieve: Sotha Sil's vision of Anuic convergence in the form of a Clockwork universe. This concept is pervasive in Altmeri heterodoxy (or 'heresy'), the unspoken dark side of Altmeri theology which, unlike the orthodoxy, is dissatisfied with the current state of the world. Though saying that the orthodoxy is perfectly satisfied would also be technically incorrect, rather, they see in the current world the work of the Aedra. Creation, the Grey Maybe: something which is not just salvageable, but already beautiful and worth protecting. They believe that the world simply needs a guiding hand (their gods' and their own) to reach its full potential:
Look now, upon my Paradise, Gaiar Alata, in the old tongue. A vision of the past... and the future. Behold the Savage Garden, where my disciples are tempered for a higher destiny: to rule over Tamriel Reborn.
You are the last defender of decadent Tamriel. I am the midwife of the Mythic Dawn, Tamriel Reborn.
I have waited a long time for you, Champion of Old Tamriel. You are the last gasp of a dying age. You breathe the stale air of false hope. How little you understand! You cannot stop Lord Dagon. The walls between our worlds are crumbling. The Mythic Dawn grows nearer with every rift in the firmament. Soon, very soon, the lines now blurred will be erased. Tamriel and Oblivion rejoined! The Mythic Age reborn! Lord Dagon shall walk Tamriel again. The world shall be remade. The new age shall rise from the ashes of the old. My vision shall be realized. Weakness will be purged from the world, and mortal and immortal alike purified in the refiner's fire.
— Mankar Camoran
"He called our wilderness sterile and artificial. Nature is unruly and chaotic, but he's rather missing the point. Orderly cultivated gardens are a refinement of the raw. A plant lacks the intelligence to reach its true potential, it must be guided." —VinafweFor the Altmer, the betterment of the universe (and themselves), and ultimate salvation (Aetherius), are reached not through destruction and rebirth, but through a process called the Path to Alaxon:
"Not that you'd understand the concept, but the Path to Alaxon requires dedication and complete concentration. I must find the perfect shells or my pigments will be substandard. And do you know what that will do to my art? Exactly!"
What's the Path to Alaxon?"An Altmer concept practiced widely here in Summerset. Alaxon is the state of perfection that every High Elf strives for. The Path to Alaxon represents the approach we take to achieve that state." —Olnewil
"In Summerset, every native-born Altmer has a place and purpose. Everyone has their hands full just trying to stay on the Path to Alaxon -the path to perfection." —Justiciar TanorianBut that nurturing path is hard and often unfulfilling. That's why Summerset has, I think, a unique weakness to Daedra worship and world-ending cults, why so many fall prey to the (false?) promises of the Daedra, why "I hear Daedra worship has become increasingly prevalent in the Summerset Isle." They represent a cop-out for those who grew disillusioned with the promises of the Temples and the Aedra, those who seek a more violent and radical approach. The salvation offered by the Daedra (through the destruction and rebirth of the world) appears as an easy way out, one where all the work required to reach perfection isn't necessary, it's a form of cheating, renouncing their roots and the current world in order to move forward, which is why the Beautiful, and the following Mythic Dawn, targetted the Crystal Tower while the Thalmor and Sapiarchs were pushing back against the destruction, and then invasion, of their homeland and monuments:
A darker side of this movement, however, is exhibited by a shadowy group who call themselves the Beautiful. Originally a salon for artists with the reasonable philosophy that Summerset must let go of its past in order to move forward, the Beautiful became a revolutionary gang dedicated to the destruction of the greatest monuments of Altmer civilization. The Crystal Tower was naturally an early target, and fortunately attempts against it have failed, but many other great, ancient sculptures and emblems of the past have been vandalized. Lately, the Beautiful have turned their attention to living symbols of the Isle, the royalty of Summerset. The particularly gruesome murder of the daughter of the King of Shimmerene has horrified and outraged the public.And this leads us to the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to the influences of Michael Kirkbride on the world-ending aspect of ESO: Mehrunes Dagon, the Worm Cult and the Veiled Queen.
To my lord Mannimarco, King of Worms,
I am interested in coming to an arrangement in regards to the Summerset Isles. We share a common enemy in Ayrenn and her Aldmeri Dominion. I won't stand in the way of your goals. I merely wish a small demesne of my own. Auridon, with Skywatch as my capital.
Civility at last. I am pleased with our new agreement. Your service to Molag Bal, despite your tawdry oath to Lord Dagon, will ensure you victory in your conflict. Across the face of Tamriel, there can be only one victor in this war.They are both Altmer (well, Mannimarco really wants to pretend that he is Aldmer, but the distinction is almost purely cultural) and they both serve Daedric Princes for personal reasons. Mannimarco wants to betray Molag Bal (but he keeps his plans secret), absorb his soul in the Chim-el Adabal and use his Lord's power to become a new god (a call-back to the Altmeri ideal of apotheosis) and have Nirn and Coldharbour under his dominion —ruling both worlds remade in his image— while Estre was the wife of Prince Naemon, and promised to rule over the Summerset Isles with her husband until the return of Ayrenn, the Unforseen Queen. Her worship of Dagon is further confirmed in the other letters and her own dialogues (as well as the quests themselves), and one cannot help but wonder if her movement might be related to the ideals later espoused by the Mythic Dawn:
My minions will carry orders to you when the time is right. Do not fail me. Loyal service is rewarded, but betrayal—well. The punishment would be unimaginable.
Do as I command, in the name of Molag Bal.
(And under your breath you can quietly pray to any Prince you choose.)
My civility and patience are at an end. Submit, or suffer annihilation at my hand. Your infantile pact with Dagon and the "power" he offers will mean nothing when the Planemeld is complete.
I offer you one—final—chance to submit. Serve my lord Molag Bal. You will rewarded with untold power, and a bounty of riches. Defy him, and suffer an eternity of torment at his feet.
I am well aware of your fealty to Lord Dagon. The weight that you place upon your oath is commendable.
Let me assure you, my dear, your oaths mean nothing. Molag Bal will claim this world as his own, and there will be no need to fear the wrath of Dagon. Under my lord Bal you will attain the position ordained by destiny. You will be crowned queen, now and forever.
High Kinlady Estre: "No matter. With Mehrunes Dagon's aid, I will dispose of the false queen and rise as true leader to our people! I am the Veiled Queen!"In any case, the reasons which further pushed her into the arms of a Daedric cult (a cult her family was always more or less a part of), despite lacking in the 'world-ending' department, seem pretty rooted in the general ideology of the Altmeri heterodoxy found elsewhere: she had been promised a title, a future she and her husband had worked hard for, but she was then hit by the painful realization that not only had she done all that for nothing, that her thirst for ambition had been misplaced, but someone else who, in her opinion, didn't do anything to deserve this (Ayrenn having run away from her duties to explore Tamriel), was given everything and made ruler of the Kingdom in her (husband's) place.
Estre: "Lord Dagon, my family has been ever faithful. Now, in my hour of need, I request your aid." Mehrunes Dagon: "Your plot's exposed. Your supporters, crushed. And you come crawling to your lord. What do you have left to offer me?" Estre: "Anything! Everything! I offer my very soul if it means I have power! The power to rule!" Mehrunes Dagon: "So be it. I imbue you with a taste of my true power. Corrupt the shrines in Torinaan. Then, move on to Firsthold."At the end of the questline, she opens Oblivion Gates all around Firsthold, unleashing an invasion from the Deadlands in the name of her Lord. Which leads us back to the Mythic Dawn and the plot of TES4 over which Michael Kirkbride was very influencial. With all these, it becomes evident that the idea of High Elven world-ending cults and the on-going out-of-game influences of MK over the Lore. Before the release of the game, he posted the Nu-Mantia Intercept in which it was said that 1. The Barrier between Mundus and Oblivion is weakening. (which is relatively true following the death of the Emperor) 2. There’s been a conspiracy dating back to the Dawntime. (Probably, yes, Daedric Princes assaulting the Lattice dates back to the earliest days of Creation) 3. The Empire is threatened by previous realities. (Not as far as we know) 4. The Ayleids are not gone. (This turned out to be false, the threat is not authentically Ayleid) and other things which turned out to not be relevant in the final product.
Transparent Law lends power and energy to the Crystal Tower, which allows the mystical structure to offer its protections to all of Summerset. The energy radiates from the tower, spreading across the land like an invisible awning to keep the island safe and secure.While Sotha Sil speculates that it is a watchtower of sorts, some Sapiarchs see Lawful Crystal as a metaphysical barrier protecting their island, which might simply be another of its numerous properties. Each province individually dealt with their Oblivion Gates and invasions, and perhaps the Thalmor was legitimately responsible for fixing the tears in reality in Summerset as opposed to Martin fixing it all at once across the planet. We know the Khajiit have their own Lunar Lattice which protects creation against assaults from various gods, such as Ahnurr, Molagh, Dagon, Merid-Nunda, Namiira, the Moon Beast Lorkhaj and other terrible things: "Alkosh is our protector, walker! Though many have shamefully forgotten him, he ensures the steady movement of the moons. Without him, Jone and Jode would be locked in place and terrible things would slip through the Lunar Lattice!" Azurah even made a shield for the Lattice, in the form of a Third Moon under which blessed Khajiit are born (Nirni's secret defenders), in order to protect Nirni from the influence of Namiira and the Moon Beast, and she also gave them the secrets necessary to fix the moons should they 'fail':
[ . . . ]
Obviously, theories concerning the Transparent Law and its significance to the Crystal Tower abound within the College of Sapiarchs. I like to believe that the crystal absorbs the drive for perfection that marks the Altmer and reflects it back, driving away any imperfections that would weaken or endanger the island. Not everyone agrees with me, but I see a correlation between the pride and admiration our people feel for the Crystal Tower and the feeling of security and safety that it, in turn, projects across the land. It is a symbiotic relationship.
Or, it could just be ancient Aldmer magic. Who can really say?
— The Crystal of the Tower by Larnatille of Lillandril, Sapiarch of Arcanology : A scholarly essay on the Crystal Tower and Transparent Law
"The Khajiit must be the best climbers, for if Masser and Secunda fail, they must climb Khenarthi's breath to set the moons back in their courses."As for the other provinces, Morrowind had and probably still has its Coldharbour Compact, but it used to have Red Heart. From the Nu-Mantia Intercept:
"The fall of Red Tower should not be seen as the suave conquest of Cyrodiil's agencies, for we have been tricked again by the Dagonites. Though through long eras the chimerical landgods have subverted Divine rule, their protection of the First Stone should have remained as it was."So when the Thalmor says that they saved the Altmer through the use of deep and subtle magicks, they could be more correct than we assume. Another example of the Thalmor being decried as opportunistic liars come from the Void Nights:
In 4E 98, the two moons, Masser and Secunda vanished. Within most of the Empire, this was viewed with trepidation and fear. In Elsweyr it was far worse. Culturally the moons are much more influential to the Khajiit. After two years of the Void Nights, the moons returned. The Thalmor announced that they had restored the moons using previously unknown Dawn Magicks, but it is unclear if they truly restored the moons or just took advantage of foreknowledge that they would return.One element often ignored is that they didn't just start claiming they fixed everything after the moons returned, they prophecized their return, they had "foreknowledge that they would return." Also, mysterious Dawn magicks at play once again. And the Thalmor are not the only one boasting about saving their own homeland, the An-Xileel did the same thing:
Look, even you have to admit that if Mehrunes Dagon had won, if Martin hadn't beaten him—” “Martin and the Empire didn"t beat him in Black Marsh,” Glim said, his voice rising. “The An-Xileel did. When the gates opened, Argonians poured into Oblivion with such fury and might, Dagon's lieutenants had to close them.” Annaïg realized that she was leaning away from her friend and that her pulse had picked up. She smelled something sharp and faintly sulfurous. Amazed, she regarded him for a moment. “Yes,” she finally said, when the scent diminished, “but without Martin"s sacrifice, Dagon would have eventually taken Black Marsh, too, and made this world his sportground.” Glim shifted and held out his glass to be refilled. “I don't want to argue about this,” he said. “I don't see that it's important.”Not to say that they necessarily did it, but humans in general seem to be so Cyodiil-centered that the idea that other non-humans might have established their own metaphysical barriers seems impossible to them. For example, Summerset (not Auridon) and Vvardenfell (not mainland Morrowind) seem to have been spared from the Coldharbour invasions in ESO, and they don't present a single remaining dolmen. Perhaps the protections of Crystal Law and Red Heart were at play then. Maybe the Beautiful or Daedra worshippers of Summerset mentioned in TES4's radiant dialogues managed to severe the connection of Crystal Law with its stone, allowing for the hordes of Dagon to invade Summerset and destroy the Tower at around the same time as other places in Tamriel. Who knows?
Lord Naarifin was kept alive for thirty-three days, hanging from the White-Gold tower. It is not recorded where his body was buried, if it was buried at all. One source claims he was carried off by a winged daedra on the thirty-fourth day.So when it comes to Daedra worship, world-ending schemes, and trying to become gods, we do have a lot to work with, but I think the portrayal the community has of the Thalmor, as a unit, as a whole, is probably misguided. Ancano was part of a splinter-faction, Lord Naarifin is a cultist so blatant it's a miracle he wasn't sized by the Divine Prosecution and judged for heresy. Esbern, a loremaster, does refer to a possible Thalmor end-goal being to end the world on their own terms, but there's something which doesn't quite work:
"I may well not be privy to many details, but their goal is clear —the pacification and purification of all of Tamriel— to bring about a new Merethic Era." ―Inspector ColinSomething doesn't really click between the uncritical opinion that the Thalmor wants to unmake/destroy the world, and what we are given in the games. Not only have world-ending organization always been presented as rooted in Daedric beliefs, but the goals expressed by members of the Thalmor (who are not obvious agents gone rogue, like the Boethian cultist Naarifin and the splinter-faction Ancano) seem to confirm the idea of the Thalmor trying to create an Ayleidoon+Direnni Hegemony+other old elven civilisations (including Khajiit) 2.0, with themes (or threats) of human slavery:
Ondolemar: "Enjoy this while you can. Soon you will all be slaves."
"This place is eerily beautiful. The Ayleids truly were a great civilization." —AranandeObviously, the slavery part isn't a good thing (if we assume that Ondolemar's cut-comment to Galmar about making his people slaves wasn't just him being a dick to the invading Stormcloaks, and that he actually meant it) but that's nowhere near "Remove Man not just from the world, but from the Pattern of Possibility, so that the very idea of them can be forgotten and thereby never again repeated." or even unmaking reality and destroying the world.
Prologue: I made a comment here under my other username and the whole back and forth with the OP went pretty bad. If you want to go through the mess, here it is: https://www.reddit.com/virtualreality/comments/himrnp/emagin_dpd_logo_on_hmd_likely_4k_x_4k_per_eye/submitted by mylin-osman to virtualreality [link] [comments]
Later I collected some more info so I believe this deserves its own topic.
Warning: The OP in that topic is a self-admitted eMagin shareholder and a mod in an eMagin sub so I believe he has all the reason to be biased. The OP accused me of being a Kopin shareholder or employee and I don't believe there was any evidence to come to that conclusion. But feel free to consider me biased as well. For what it's worth my comments about the production cost and yield issues with silicon wafer-based microdisplays applies to everyone, including Kopin. I'm only linking to sources found by the eMagin shareholder and me and engineering and production cost facts, not my personal interpretation and feelings. I am also not going to quote the full transcripts of the eMagin CEO from that topic since it is automatically generated and a total mess which is hard to follow. If you believe I'm whitholding information then again the link to the old topic is in the beginning.
TL;DR: My conlusion from all the info is a 2'' 4K x 4K microOLED is extremely expensive to be viable to the consumer market like their 2K x 2K microOLED panel before it. Maybe Apple is their client and will sell their headsets for 2000USD+ but that's just guessing. Here's the info, you make your own conclusions. Let's go:
During an investor presentation lately eMagin has showed off a supposed 4K x 4K microOLED equipped headset, which looks like either a HP-partnered headset or an unofficially modified existing HP WMR headset: https://i.imgur.com/tyVdijI.png . Does this prove a 4x4K headset in the near or far future for consumers? Here's some facts:
1) Microdisplays are built on silicon wafers, production cost at same panel sizes is much higher than traditional display panels. A 4K x 4K panel that is 2x2 inches or bigger is going to cost more. Also, yield, or in other words how many manufactured displays have all 100% of their pixels non-defective, increases rapidly as well from ~1 million pixels to ~16 million pixels, meaning more 4K panels are going to end up defective if the yield isn't increased, which is extremely hard. Palmer Luckey u/palmerluckey has also explained this few years ago and this is still the case, silicon wafer manufacturing hasn't had a revolution. "dPd" technology eMagin wants to use simply improves brightness, it's still a silicon wafer production. Finally, larger squares fit in circular silicon wafers end up with much more wasted silicon, obviously, it's basic geometry.
Let's ignore all this for now.
The price may still be good enough for the military and professional fields which eMagin has always targetted, but inacessible to the consumer market or even many professionals. I may be missing something here but the numbers don't add up to anything promising:
For estimating price let's compare to a 720p 0.49'' OLED panel and assume it is a round 0.5x0.5'' instead f 0.49'' 16:9. Let's also round the pricing numbers to the lowest number divisible by 10. Let's also ignore cost of the controller IC and anything else in the PCB or headset.
Price of such a OLED microdisplay panel at 1 million units is >50USD. A 2'' panel is instead 16x more pixels and area. 50x16 = 800 USD, per eye, for a 1,000,000 unit bulk order. Actually the quoted prices for 720p panels are a bit higher but if we ignore that and everything else above we can hope, at best, for a 1600 USD of the headset only accounting for the displays.
What company is ready to pay 800,000,000 USD up front for displays for 500,000 headsets? Besides Facebook or Apple I doubt anyone will and even then I'm not sure Facebook would be okay with such a deal, especially if they continue focusing on VR using limited mobile hardware trying to drive two 4Kx4K panels.
Let's reduce the order quantity and again use their 720p panel pricing to determine the potential cost:
100K-500K unit order: 1.2x the cost of a million unit order, or 1920 USD per headset and a 192,000,000 - 960,000,000 USD contract
I'm not pulling the bulk pricing out of my ass, this is what you get quoted.
But let's assume Valve with a net worth of "only" 3 billion is able and ready to pay 26% of their whole net worth for VR display panels for 500,000 headsets or somehow Facebook, Valve, HTC and Sony make a single bulk order from eMagin. Then you still have a 1600 USD production cost for your headsets just on the display panels alone. At best I see Facebook selling 500,000+ VR headsets at a 1200 USD loss per unit to keep it affordable so ending up with 600,000,000+ USD loss per 500K units sold in the end they will need to compensate with online sales, ads or other VR-related products. Technically they can do this, but the question everyone including Facebook will be asking will be, is it really worth it? Has any firm sold a consumer product at such a loss before? I don't know, I'm less of a business guy and more of an engineer.
I think the more likely and logical customers for 4x4K silicon wafer microdisplay panels are going to be the military and similar fields.
How do I know these are built on silicon wafers? Because by definition a "microdisplay" is and eMagin say it themselves:
...Regarding its consumer business, eMagin updates that it successfully processed the first 4k x 4k wafers...Source: https://www.oled-info.com/emagin-oled
2) The CEO has mentioned they have "consumer market clients". Three issues to not conclude this is evidence a 2'' microOLED panel can be cheap: (a) consumer does not equal affordable, look at Apple, (b) being a consumer market firm does not equal only selling consumer products, source: Apple XDR monitor and (c) he has said this same thing before years ago. More on (c) below:
3) From 2016 Q4 press release, CEO said:
We now have in place multiple agreements with commercial partners for next generation prototype products for consumer HMD’s and expect a considerable boost to 2017 revenue from our commercial efforts,Source: https://www.vrcircle.com/2k-x-2k-vr-headsets-coming-in-2017-perhaps-from-amd/
Second quarter of 2017, huh? It's 2020, where are they?
Does this mean eMagin CEO is a liar? Not really, maybe the client scrapped or paused the project, but it makes one wonder if newer claims should be taken any more seriously. What they claim now as far as their 4K x 4K microOLED panels are concerned they have also claimed in 2017 for their 2K x 2K panels. And it gets worse, check below:
4) Other alleged "dishonesty" from eMagin from 2017:
Apple, LG and Valve are listed as "specified investors" making a $10 million investment in eMagin, according to documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-lg-invest-10m-in-oled-microdisplay-maker-emagin/
Did anyone misconstrue anything though? Here's the actual document:
2. Valve Corporation and its affiliates
Lucas said EMagin listed those companies in the filing because it had discussions with them at industry events.Source: https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/apple-backs-maker-of-oled-screens-for-augmented-reality-devices
You make your own conclusions, but as far as I'm concerned how the fuck do you label someone an investor only because they had discussions with you during an event?
Does this mean eMagin are complete liars? Maybe not but it does make one be extremely careful about the claims they make, especially since this isn't the first time (see point 3 above).
Again, take from all this what you will.
All I have to say is that just because a CEO says they have made license agreements or making displays for evaluation and are planning to ship, doesn't mean mass production in the future. Samsung have mentioned they are working on a 2000PPI display VR way back in 2017 and so has BOE showcased a 1900 PPI LCD display in 2017 and hasn't updated us on that. Yield and silicon wafer costs apply to everyone.
PS. I'll finish with what Karl Guttag, the guy who exposed both Magic Leap's and Hololens 2's false claims had to say about eMagin in 2016:
...I have know of eMagin since 1998 and they have been around since 1993. They essentially mirror Microvision doing Laser Beam Scanning and was also founded in 1993, a time where you could go public without revenue. eMagin has spent/loss a lot of shareholder money and is worth about 1/100th from their peak in March 2000...Source: https://www.kguttag.com/2016/11/09/magic-leap-the-display-technology-used-in-their-videos/
EDIT: Looks like I'll finish with what Palmer Luckey had to say on reddit a year ago instead since I came across it:
Microdisplays and large format displays have very different manufacturing processes. It is difficult to scale microdisplays up, and difficult to scale current large format(basically mobile phone tech) down. I am very optimistic about the future of VR display technology, but that is where things currently stand. Brute-forcing with large format displays is the most promising near-term path, IMO.
0.5" is not the limit. There are already microdisplays out there that approach 1", Sony in particular has a lot of 0.7" displays out there. Going large is possible, but cost/yield starts to get crazy.Source: https://www.reddit.com/oculus/comments/905bdp/diy_microdisplay_array_hmd_help_needed/e2r54tu/?context=3
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