With all the hype about the recent launch of Magic Leap, it's easy to forget that augmented reality hardware is still in its infancy. As we marvel at what's now available, researchers are still finding ways to design and manufacture more advanced components for next-generation wearables.
For example, a team of researchers from Nvidia Research and the University of North Carolina will introduce their latest innovations at SIGGRAPH 2018 in Vancouver next week
Under the guidance of Nvidia researcher Kaan Aksit, the team Near the Eyes, foveated (multifocal distance), displays the size of eyeglass lenses displayed in 3D Printing process can be produced.
The team's latest binocular prototype headset with lenses will be exhibited at booth # 196 for visitors. For those who are unable to make the journey, Aksit has videotaped the team's innovations.
Aksit demonstrates how the lens is capable of delivering content at different focal points within display the same field of view. It also shows 3D-printed diffusers with static patterns that, although perhaps not so practical for production, show the degree of detail on which the process can work.
While it is still a prototype for now, the multifocus capabilities would allow future headsets to display content more natural to the eye at different depths, while the manufacturing process leads to a much thinner display that allows smaller form factors, the state of the art today Make AR headsets look outdated.