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Optical engineering challenges of the virtual retinal display
Author(s): Joel S. Kollin; Michael R. Tidwell
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Paper Abstract

The Virtual Retinal Display (VRD) is a unique approach to developing a high-resolution head- mounted display currently under development at the University of Washington's Human Interface Technology (HIT) Laboratory. Rather than looking at a screen though a magnifier or optical relay system, the viewer of the VRD has a scanned beam of light enter the pupil of the eye and focused to a spot on the retina. This type of optical system is subject to different design constraints than a typical HMD. With the VRD it may be possible to realize higher resolution, greater color saturation, higher brightness and larger field-of-view than a traditional LCD or CRT screen-based system. In this paper the author will present the VRD approach and how it can provide these advantages. Issues to be resolved for the VRD to reach its full potential and some of the solutions developed at the HIT lab will also be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 August 1995
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2537, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization, (11 August 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.216403
Show Author Affiliations
Joel S. Kollin, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Michael R. Tidwell, Univ. of Washington (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2537:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization
Jose M. Sasian, Editor(s)

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