TruLife Optics was recently launched to bring in holographic technology for augmented reality devices and head-up displays. It has been developed in partnership with the UK’s National Physical Laboratory. The team of engineers is using holographic imagery to develop a first-of-its-kind wearable device. The system that they have created is currently being marketed to companies which are into the development of augmented reality devices. They can visit the Developer Zone in the official website of TruLife to learn about the technical specifications and more. But how is the system going to work? Check out this post to know about how holographic imagery is being used for AR.
Holographic Augmented Reality
A combination of a pair of postage stamp-sized holograms and a small rectangular lens of “waveguide” makes up the holographic augmented reality system. Here is a brief insight into the working of the system.
A collimating lens, a micro-display and a frame which will keep the items together is required for the system which uses waveguide optics. The frame will help in imaging the micro-display through the waveguide to the eye of the users. A real-time imaging source like a smartphone, is required for connecting with the micro-display.
The first hologram receives the incoming images from the micro-display. With total internal reflection, light is turned 90 degree via the length of the waveguide in the first hologram. Then in the second hologram, the light is hit from the first hologram and another 90 degree turn is there, which helps in projecting the light into the human eye. The entire process projects the overlaid transparent images from the center of the system into the eye. The images are also perfectly focused.
The developer’s version of the holographic system is available for £360.
Advantage of the Holographic Augmented Reality
The Holographic augmented reality has a marked advantage over other AR systems. The size is small and can be easily ported across to most of the eyewear that exist in the market. Even though it is still way behind its holographic competitor Meta’s SpaceGlasses, the system from TruLife has the potential to make a big mark in the wearable technology market.
It seems that holographic interfaces will be the next big thing in the future of augmented reality devices.
What do you think?
Have you pre-ordered Meta’s SpaceGlasses? Are you interested in experiencing the holographic AR system of TruLife when it is available commercially? Share your insights in the comments below.
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