Tennessee Patent of the Month – June 2022

Amalgamated Vision, LLC (AV) has spent the past 10 years developing and refining their optical designs. Their technology utilizes head-mounted virtual retinal displays to unlock the potential of spatial computing. 

Phones and handheld devices take us out of the moment, making it awkward and inconvenient for continuous use. For instance, following directions on a phone requires the user to constantly check the screen to make sure they are still on path. If you’re carrying bags or in a crowded area this is incredibly inconvenient. However, nearly everyone would rather hold their phone to get where they’re going than wear a VR headset in public. 

AV’s technology overcomes the discomfort, poor image quality, and aesthetic limitations of traditional VR headsets. Instead, they offer a small, unobstructive wearable device that offers a high resolution XR display that fits in with today’s fashion. In fact, there is no screen in front of the user’s eyes which means no discernible distortion or reflections. 

Their device uses a laser light source to achieve near-to-eye viewing positioned within a pancake lens set up. A pancake lens simply refers to a lens that is shorter than it is wide, achieving a small and lightweight design. The pancake lens uses polarization to fold the optical path of the modulated laser beam back onto itself. Reflective focusing optics is then achieved with a curved mirror. This design ensures magnification capabilities are effectively infinite. 

The technology achieves a resolution that matches the human eye, displaying information and data to the user with crystal clarity. The company found that by expanding the exit pupil, the need for eye tracking is removed, simplifying the software needed. 

The user can simply adjust their focus to move between the real world and the virtual world presented to them. This makes hands free, mobile spatial computing a thing of the present rather than the future.

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