TruLife Optics from London, claims to have perfected a new technology for wearable HUDs.
The efforts of a London, England based company called TruLife Optics could bring a massive revolution to head mounted wearable technology that uses augmented reality in order to provide its display.
This is because the company has designed and created what it calls the ideal optical component for HUDs.
In TruLife’s opinion, the technology that it has developed provides a new and improved form of optical component for wearable tech that uses augmented reality and other types of heads up displays. The creation is both lightweight and small in size. Its use is relatively easy and it can display graphics in full color high resolution before the eyes of the wearer, without causing distortion or obstruction to his or her natural vision. It is also capable of creating three dimensional images.
The key to this technology’s improvement of augmented reality is in the use of holograms.
This particular optic employs two different holographic elements, instead of relying on a transparent screen or a jewel lens. It is also capable of bending light by 90 degrees in order to be able to transfer the image onto a main element that is completely transparent and that has been called a “waveguide”.
Therefore, when nothing is being displayed, the complete piece is entirely transparent. It remains that way even when images are being displayed, except in the areas in which the images, themselves, are visible.
There is one holographic display for each eye, which makes it possible for the images to be displayed three dimensionally. They are each about the size of a postage stamp. The full element is nearly 4 inches long, just over an inch wide, and only 0.03 inches in depth.
The technology was developed by TruLife through a partnership that it has maintained with the National Physical Laboratory located in Teddington. This technology is now available for purchase, at a price of £300 per optic. What this means is that companies that are designing their own HUD and augmented reality wearable technology will be able to integrate these optics into their own devices.