Air Mounted Eyepiece

2017. 10. 22

Air Mounted Eyepiece: Design Methods for Aerial Optical Functions of Near-Eye and See-Through Display using Transmissive Mirror Device

Abstract:
We propose a novel method to implement an optical see-through head mounted display which renders real aerial images with a wide viewing angle, called an Air Mounted Eyepiece (AME). To achieve the AME design, we employ an off-the-shelf head mounted display and Transmissive Mirror Device (TMD) which is usually used in aerial real imaging systems. In the proposed method, we replicate the function of the head mounted display (HMD) itself, which is used in the air by using the TMD and presenting a real image of eyepiece in front of the eye. Moreover, it can realize a wide viewing angle 3D display by placing a virtual lens in front of the eye without wearing an HMD. In addition to enhancing the experience of mixed reality and augmented reality, our proposed method can be used as a 3D imaging method for use in other applications such as in automobiles and desktop work. We aim to contribute to the field of human-computer interaction and the research on eyepiece interfaces by discussing the advantages and the limitations of this near-eye optical system.

Yoichi Ochiai, Kazuki Otao and Hiroyuki Osone
University of Tsukuba, Pixie Dust Technologies, Inc.

Air Mounted Eyepiece”は,拡張現実のための新しい光学シースルーHMDです.今までのHMDに使用されてきた光学素子の代わりに,透過型ミラーデバイス (TMD) と呼ばれる光学素子を採用しました.通常,空中映像システムや空中インタラクションシステムに用いられるTMDHMDに応用する初めての試みの1つです.既存のHMDTMDを組み合わせることで,空中にHMDと同じ機能を作り出し,広視野角な映像を提供します.

落合陽一, 大峠和基, 大曽根宏幸
筑波大学, ピクシーダストテクノロジーズ株式会社