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by Curtis Hand, adapted from press release material

Varjo Technologies is working together with a European fighter aircraft manufacturer to revolutionise flight simulators.

Simple set-up for the Varjo Bionic Display for realistic 3D views.

The Finnish company Varjo developed a human eye resolution mixed reality technology – Bionic Display – that will be integrated into all of its client’s fighter aircraft simulators. In addition to the highest resolution and widest field of view in the industry, the collaboration will also offer numerous new training opportunities at a fraction of the cost.

Varjo’s collaboration with the European fighter aircraft manufacturer has its roots in Varjo’s innovation, which was critical to the successful development of state-of-the-art simulations.

“Our collaboration has been smooth and straightforward. We understand each other’s needs and how we can solve our shared technological problems. Two companies with similar cultures, with innovation high on their agenda and ready to discuss everything,” Seppo Aaltonen, Varjo’s Chief Commercial Officer describes the collaboration.
Pilot training requires trainees to be able to read text and see even the smallest details.

According to Varjo, pilots need to feel like they are flying in the real world while using a simulator. Until the Bionic Display, it was necessary to use cave or dome-shaped simulators to create an immersive virtual reality experience for the pilot. These are very large, expensive, and difficult to move.

Varjo’s Bionic Display is based on the idea of how human eye works.  The Varjo virtual headset has separate “screens” for each eye, offering a natural 3D feature, meaning that one sees everything in the middle of one’s field of vision in ultra-high resolution and anything in the peripheral vision appears in lower resolution. This enables a full, natural and smooth performing virtual experience. Conventional dome simulators’ 3D view can only happen with special glasses.

The Varjo Bionic Display in operation for improved 3D views for pilot training

Small cameras monitor projected infrared LED patterns on the surface of the eye and the resolution adapts to user eye movements. This allows eye-level resolution without supercomputers by knowing which point the human eye sees at any given moment. The maximum computing power is always focused on the current point.

Varjo’s technology uses video cameras to constantly capture the environment for the purposes of mixed reality. This means images from the real world work on the same principle – high-resolution images come from a focal point without needing a special supercomputer.