The owner of Oculus Rift has kept quiet lately when it comes to VR and now we know why: Facebook has been working on holographic optics light VR headsets.
That’s a fancy way of saying VR eyeglasses that look like eyeglasses, a project attempted, then abandoned, by multiple companies so far.
The glasses you see were presented in a Siggraph 2020 research paper titled “Holographic Optics for Thin and Lightweight Virtual Reality,” where it was explained that the system use flat films to create a display that’s just a bit thicker than what you get on a smartphone.
The display is made of several thin layers of holographic film with directional backlights and a projection system.
According to them, the thickness can range between 9mm and 11mm and the performance is comparable to current VR goggles.
The prototype has 1200 x 1600 px resolution and a field of view of 93-degree circle or a 92-by-69-degree rectangle.
” That’s roughly comparable to the display specs of a 571-gram Oculus Quest, but in a glasses-like form factor that weighs less than 10 grams in total, albeit with only a single eye display in the prototypes.
The researchers note they could cut parts and change materials to achieve a 6.6 gram weight equivalent to plastic aviator sunglasses, but would compromise performance by doing so,” explains VentureBeat.
Unfortunately, the outlet also says that, while Facebook has three prototypes, including a full color one, the new tech is nowhere near ready for a market release.
You’ll have to have a bit of patience to see the future of VR.