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Optical architecture of HoloLens mixed reality headset
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Paper Abstract

HoloLens by Microsoft Corp. is the world’s first untethered Mixed Reality (MR) Head Mounted Display (HMD) system, released to developers in March 2016 as a Development Kit.

We review in this paper the various display requirements and subsequent optical hardware choices we made for HoloLens. Its main achievements go along performance and comfort for the user: it is the first fully untethered MR headset, with the highest angular resolution and the industry’s largest eyebox. It has the first inside-out global sensor fusion system including precise head tracking and 3D mapping all controlled by a fully custom on-board GPU. Based on such achievements, HoloLens came out as the most advanced MR system today. Additional features may be implemented in next generations MR headsets, leading to the ultimate experience for the user, and securing the upcoming fabulous AR/MR market predicted by most analysts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 June 2017
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10335, Digital Optical Technologies 2017, 103350K (26 June 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2270017
Show Author Affiliations
Bernard C. Kress, Microsoft Corp. (United States)
William J. Cummings, Microsoft Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10335:
Digital Optical Technologies 2017
Bernard C. Kress; Wolfgang Osten; H. Paul Urbach, Editor(s)

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