Towards Multifocal Displays with Dense Focal Stacks

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PubDate: Sep 2018

Teams: Carnegie Mellon University

Writers: Jen-Hao Rick Chang, B. V. K. Vijaya Kumar, Aswin C. Sankaranarayanan

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Abstract

We present a virtual reality display that is capable of generating a dense collection of depth/focal planes. This is achieved by driving a focus-tunable lens to sweep a range of focal lengths at a high frequency and, subsequently, tracking the focal length precisely at microsecond time resolutions using an optical module. Precise tracking of the focal length, coupled with a high-speed display, enables our lab prototype to generate 1600 focal planes per second. This enables a novel first-of-its-kind virtual reality multifocal display that is capable of resolving the vergence-accommodation conflict endemic to today’s displays.

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