AR provides engaging experiences that seamlessly blend virtual objects with the real world. The biggest remaining issue is to have a system that can work outside in sunlight as well as inside. But, today, the image contrast from the AR display are significantly diminished or wash out in sunlight. e-Tint® was invented and funded by US Air Force to address this issue for the Air Forces JHMCS and JSF programs. Even today, AlphaMicron is actively involved with the Air Force’s HMD program. e-Tint allows users to enjoy AR in all environments by providing an instantaneous adjustment of ambient lighting to enhance contrast in AR image.
Whether you’re stepping into your favorite game, watching an immersive VR movie, jumping to a destination, or just spending time with friends in VR, you’ll feel like you’re really there. This is done by completely blocking all other images from reaching your eye. However, to interact with the real outside world, even for a moment, the headset needs to be removed. In addition, some people want to see a faint image of real world to maintain their balance and avoid disorientation that is typically associated with VR systems.
AlphaMicron’s tint-on- demand can provide a capability that allows the user to decide the level of immersiveness that best suits them and if needed, allow ambient images to enter.
See Through Displays
See through displays provide the ability to see an image on top of the external view. OLED based systems are a prime candidate for this application. Moreover, new cars are using this concept to create head-up displays (HUD) where the cockpit information can be viewed by the driver without the need to look down to the cockpit displays.
HUDs are now becoming ubiquitous in cars, A big reason for the lack of dissemination has been that these systems suffer from the same issue as those experienced by AR headsets. In particular, HUD systems are extremely susceptible to sunlight. This is regardless of what projector technology (LCD, OLED, DMD) is used. AlphaMicron’s various tried and tested LC technologies can enhance the HUD capability by allowing the system to instantly adjust the background opacity to prevent loss of data and minimize potential danger.