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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Jun. 2, 2014
  • pp: 13896–13903

High-resolution optical see-through multi-focal-plane head-mounted display using freeform optics

Xinda Hu and Hong Hua  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 13896-13903 (2014)

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Conventional stereoscopic displays force an unnatural decoupling of the accommodation and convergence cues, which may contribute to various visual artifacts and have adverse effects on depth perception accuracy. In this paper, we present the design and implementation of a high-resolution optical see-through multi-focal-plane head-mounted display enabled by state-of-the-art freeform optics. The prototype system is capable of rendering nearly-correct focus cues for a large volume of 3D space, extending into a depth range from 0 to 3 diopters. The freeform optics, consisting of a freeform prism eyepiece and a freeform lens, demonstrates an angular resolution of 1.8 arcminutes across a 40-degree diagonal field of view in the virtual display path while providing a 0.5 arcminutes angular resolution to the see-through view.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2040) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Displays
(120.2820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Heads-up displays
(120.4570) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical design of instruments
(220.1250) Optical design and fabrication : Aspherics
(220.3620) Optical design and fabrication : Lens system design
(330.7338) Vision, color, and visual optics : Visually coupled optical systems

ToC Category:
Geometric Optics

Original Manuscript: March 31, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 20, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 21, 2014
Published: May 30, 2014

Xinda Hu and Hong Hua, "High-resolution optical see-through multi-focal-plane head-mounted display using freeform optics," Opt. Express 22, 13896-13903 (2014)

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