Virtual reality systems have evolved drastically since the early days of VR headsets in the mid-1990s. However, one problem seems to plague mixed reality systems — how to capture the depth of field the same way as a human eye.
The virtual reality specialists at Avegant claim they have a solution to the problem. Avegant recently released its Light Field technology. It displays images at multiple focal points at the same time. This also allows users to focus on several objects in the same view but at different depths.
“At Avegant we are reimagining screens,” said Edward Tang, Co-Founder and CTO at Avegant. “The biggest stumbling block for mixed reality today is creating crystal clear images that are within one meter. Without this capability, most mixed reality use cases simply can’t materialize. We’ve overcome that obstacle, and can’t wait for people to experience the results.”
The Light Field system has made waves among those studying VR’s evolution, too. Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University, said the technology has the potential to “disrupt an entire industry.”
“Avegant Light Field is that kind of a breakthrough. I had long heard about the possibility of seeing close fields and far fields in the same scene, but experiencing it firsthand was believing,” he said. “This is how the visual system was designed to work.”
Avegant is the same company responsible for the Glyph personal theater. That system wanted to save users the trouble of eye strain during use.
No word yet as to when the Light Field technology will hit the market or how much the system would run. For more information, you can check out the Avegant website here.