Eymerce’s Brand of Vision
The human eye functions much like a camera- both devices gather, focus and transmit light through a lens to create an image of the surrounding environment.
Vision is the consequence of these light rays stimulating the eye’s visual pathway – the nerve signals traveling from each eye along the optic nerves and other nerve fibers to the back of the brain where vision is sensed and images are interpreted.
Diagram of a Light Ray “L”
In the absence of light rays there is no vision; there are no images for the brain to sense. Here is where Eymerce started its scientific investigation – from an absence of light.
What is light and how do we describe its characteristics? The core question led us to an amazing discovery!
Strategic Question: In the presence of the light how would you describe the set of all things one can ever see at any point in time and space? Light Field science was a clue.
Faraday (1846) was the first to interpreted light as a “field” similar to his earlier description of a magnetic field. Then Gershun (1936) famously coined the term ‘light field’ to geometrically describe the 3D orientation of discrete rays of light in space along an x,y,z axis. Adelson (1991) described the direction of a ray of light as its 2D magnitude or its radiance and created the 5D orientation and direction of a ray of light referring to it as the 5D plenoptic function. Today’s graphic artist has the ability to create light describe light as 7D adding time and wavelength to describe the plenoptic function.
The 5D Plenoptic Function of a conceptual ray of light
We focused on brightness since we could control that with our LED screen technology. The brightness or luminosity of light is generally described as radiance but now there are many different ways to characterize radiance. We focused on spectral radiance in its role to create amazing imagery in the negative space – the z axis. Spectral radiance is the radiance of a surface per unit frequency or wavelength depending on whether the spectrum is taken as a function of frequency or of wavelength. These are directional quantities we have engineered into our design to create the field of light emitted from our LED screen to the eye to be interpreted as amazing imagery.
Radiance became is a particularly useful concept in Eymerce’s technology development lexicon because it indicates how much of the power emitted by our LED screen surface will be received by an optical system – our eyes – looking at that screen surface from a specified angle of view.
The Light Field created by Eymerce’s infinite solid angles of light
In our case, the solid angle of interest is the solid angle subtended by the optical system’s entrance of the human eye. In our design spectral radiance became a guiding indicator of how “real” our images would appear. Our LED screen configuration at our optimized diode density creates infinite solid angles in any position including the periphery for our observing gamers to experience the 7D optic function a field of light that our Stadeon screen will create.
Our screen technology’s spectral radiance heightens the visual awareness of our imagery and as we moved our viewers up the dimensional hierarchy from 3D through 5D to 7D imagery. We created an Elevated Reality that amazes the viewer.