DigiLens is taking the wraps off a new prototype for its extended reality glasses (XR) that will offer augmented reality features, such as overlaying digital images on what you see.
“It’s really a who’s who of the augmented reality industry in the ecosystem,” said Pickett. “Our partners can iterate on the hardware until they get to a point where they’re happy with it. And then we can solidify it into a white label product.”
DigiLens’ premiere product is a holographic waveguide display containing a thin-film, laser-etched photopolymer embedded with microscopic holograms of mirror-like optics. A micro-display is projected into one end of the lens and the optics turn the light wave, guiding it through the surface before another set of optics turn it back toward the eye. DigiLens refined this technique more than a decade ago when it was collaborating with Rockwell Collins to create avionic heads-up display (HUD) systems for the U.S. military.
The new waveguide features 325 nits/lumen (it’s bright) with 80% transparency (you can see through them), a 50-degree field of view and 400% less eye glow than the next best waveguide-based XR headset on the market today
The weight ranges from 150 grams to 180 grams, or 0.33 pounds to 0.39 pounds. A final version would likely be as low as 110 grams. Normal glasses weigh about 50 grams, so these are considerably heavier in prototype form.
Still a lot of compromises for mass adoption.