Breakthrough in display technology will allow for sharper images with three times greater pixel density
The technological breakthrough employs subpixel color tuning, changing the color of individual subpixels by setting different voltages. Thus, a single subpixel can be adjusted across the color gamut, opening up interesting possibilities. By eliminating the three static subpixels, individual pixels can be reduced in size, so more of them can fit in a display panel. This allows for more pixel-dense displays and resolution increases.
The researchers claim the invention will have "major repercussions" over all kinds of displays, especially ones oriented towards virtual reality headsets, designed to be viewed in extreme proximity to the eye. They have to be very pixel-dense in order to provide sharp, clear images devoid of defects. We can certainly see the technology's potential towards getting VR headsets where we ultimately expect them to be – near indistinguishable from reality.