About 10 years ago, when Dr. Bill Liu, founder and CEO of Royole Corporation, was working toward a doctorate in electrical engineering at Stanford University, he visited Harvard University. He recently returned to the renowned campus, only this time, he went as a successful entrepreneur, and as part of a distinguished list of speakers at the 20th Harvard China Forum. Below is part of what he had to say.
In 2012, he said, he founded Royole with several friends and alumni from Stanford. Since that time, the company has released a series of innovative human-machine interface technologies, including the world's thinnest, lightweight, bendable, foldable, and shatterproof full-color flexible displays with a thickness of 0.01 mm and a bending radius of 1 mm, along with flexible sensors, and 3D virtual mobile theaters.
When asked his opinion on virtual reality, Dr. Liu told the audience how in 2013 Royole began developing Royole-X, the world’s first foldable virtual mobile theater, to meet consumer demand for a large, portable screen. He said the product was introduced for sales in 2015, and followed a year later by Moon, an immersive, 3D movie-watching or gaming experience that could be enjoyed anytime, anywhere.
The majority of the VR products currently on the market, Dr. Liu said, are interactive focused, suitable for playing games, but not for viewing movies. He said Royole Moon, on the other hand, focuses on both audio and video enjoyment, compatible with traditional 2D/3D video without the need to create 360-degree VR content.
Dr. Liu also shared his thoughts on how flexible displays and sensors have applications in many diverse fields. He mentioned applications ranging from novel smart phones, wearable electronic devices, fashion design, automotive industry, electronics, and Internet-of-Things (IoT).
He said he believes that the future core of information technology will consist of three parts: human-machine interface (HMI), artificial intelligence (AI), and internet-of-things (IOT).
Royole, Dr. Liu concluded, believes that advanced human-machine interaction technologies such as flexible electronics plus virtual reality will redefine the future information age.