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Try This At Home – DIY Tensor Displays | Gordon Wetzstein

by Terance Homicile

What if I told you, you weren’t getting the best visual experience while viewing this website? That maybe your user experience could be improved? Gordon Wetzstein believes so and focuses on next-generation camera and display systems that could revolutionize consumer electronics.

Gordon is an MIT research scientist who studies computational imaging and display technology. With over 2 billion people suffering various refractive errors and visual impairments like astigmatism, myopia, and hyperopia, his research takes us one step closer to correcting this global epidemic. These visual impairments may not seem like a big issue for those with access to contact lenses and corrective surgeries – but for the remaining 0.6 billion who’s refractive errors go uncorrected, the problem is much more serious.  As Gordon points out, “If you can’t see the world properly that leads to illiteracy and unemployment.”  

Gordon’s curiosity for technology and design has led him to push the boundaries of modern science. He developed a plastic screen that helps focus cell phones images for people without using glasses, and his blog displayblocks catalogs his experience of dismantling off-the-shelf displays and reconstructing new devices from scratch (he calls these “Franken Diplays”).

With funding from DARPA, NSF, and Samsung, Gordon’s is definitely a career with a lot of bright spots. Check out the video Try This at Home – DIY Tensor Displays to learn about the future of display technologies.