Facebook reality labs are a division of Facebook that concentrates purely on the development of Augmented and Virtual Reality world. It focuses on changing the future, in the way people experience computers, the internet and gaming. Their main goal is to provide a device that will ultimately be as essential as a smartphone or a computer. They intend to build a device that helps people to be connected anytime and anywhere, in a much more freeing way than a computer or smartphone could ever provide. They are developing a very futuristic pair of AR glasses that push boundaries between digital and physical worlds.
Holographic optics and glasses
They propose a new pair of lightweight glasses that use Holographic optics as well as polarization-based optical folding that could revolutionise the way sunglasses are made. This prototype’s technological combinations helps to keep the weight of the glasses very light while making the most out of the space and therefore extending the VR sessions.
They achieved a thickness of less than 9mm while supporting a field of view that challenges the current market’s VR products. These glasses promises to deliver a much more improved visual performance, better colours and laser illumination, and it intends to achieve a resolution equal to the human eye.
What is Holographic?
You may have seen it in other day-to-day objects such as in your credit card which has a three dimensional realistic depth.
Holographic optics are essentially a recording of the laser’s interaction with an object resulting in a reduction in thickness and weight, bending light like a lens.
On the other hand when you apply polarization-based optics, this controls the light moving it back and forth within the lens. When applying a technology like holographic optics to a VR device we must conclude that however it’s much more difficult to integrate, it’s definitely worth it as it provides a much better range of colours than the usual LED technology.