Towards a Switchable AR/VR Near-eye Display with Accommodation-Vergence and Eyeglass Prescription Support
PubDate: August 2019
Teams: Nanyang Technological University;Singapore Institute of Technology;University of North Carolina
Writers: Xinxing Xia; Yunqing Guan; Andrei State; Praneeth Chakravarthula; Kishore Rathinavel; Tat-Jen Cham; Henry Fuchs
In this paper, we present our novel design for switchable AR/VR near-eye displays which can help solve the vergence-accommodation-conflict issue. The principal idea is to time-multiplex virtual imagery and real-world imagery and use a tunable lens to adjust focus for the virtual display and the see-through scene separately. With this novel design, prescription eyeglasses for near- and far-sighted users become unnecessary. This is achieved by integrating the wearer’s corrective optical prescription into the tunable lens for both virtual display and see-through environment. We built a prototype based on the design, comprised of micro-display, optical systems, a tunable lens, and active shutters. The experimental results confirm that the proposed near-eye display design can switch between AR and VR and can provide correct accommodation for both.