At its developer convention Wednesday, Oculus confirmed off a pair of prototype designs for its subsequent high-end headsets.
Two years in the past, Oculus confirmed off its Half Dome prototype, which utilized a know-how known as varifocal lenses to permit customers to regulate the place the factors of focus have been in a picture; that is know-how just like what Magic Leap makes use of on its headset, however is designed to permit for a a lot better vary of focal planes.
The corporate confirmed off two new prototypes, together with a “Half Dome 2” prototype and a “Half Dome three” prototype.
“Half Dome 2” is optimized for weight and measurement considerably shrinking down the shape issue of the earlier prototype whereas decreasing the load by 200 grams. The gadget can also be shrinking the 140-degree field-of-view of the primary design, although the corporate says the headset will nonetheless boast a FoV that’s 20% wider than the Rift.
The headset nonetheless makes use of a system that mechanically strikes the lenses contained in the headset to regulate the main focus, however Oculus can also be wanting additional down the road.
“Half Dome three” built-in the know-how of its earlier designs with an digital varifocal module that has no transferring components and integrates quite a lot of stacked lenses that may be turned on and off to let customers transfer by way of numerous planes of focus (the corporate detailed the headset might change between 64 planes of focus with this setup). This may allow customers to view gadgets in focus at nearer distances and can let headsets perform extra like human eyes.
There weren’t any timelines thrown round for both prototype being productized, however Oculus is clearly investing within the high-end nonetheless inside Fb Actuality Labs.