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When science fiction becomes reality: holograms in your glasses

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In a study published on April 22 in the journal Nature Communications, a team of researchers report the results of their work. They managed to develop a device small enough to fit in a pair of ordinary glasses, capable of projecting very realistic holograms inside them. An impressive technological advancement in the field of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

The end of VR headsets?

Traditional holograms rely on spatial light modulators (SLM), modifying the shape light waves at a certain distance to create a three-dimensional surface. However, these SLMs were mainly manufactured from liquid crystals or silicon display technology (LCoS), devices limited to flat screens as well as reduced viewing areas. The narrow viewing angle therefore forced the viewer to remain in a precise position, otherwise the light will disappear due to diffraction.

Now, with these new holographic lenses, this problem is definitively ruled out. The light field is, in fact, projected directly in front of the viewer, whatever their viewing angle. Thus, the light no longer disappears, providing a continuous and truly immersive visual experience.

In addition, the unprecedented miniaturization of these devices to the size of simple spectacle lenses eliminates the need to equip themselves with bulky virtual reality headsets. According to the researchers, the holograms created are, moreover, very realistic.

Towards integration into the daily

Imagine a device similar to the Apple Vision Pro, but in the form of simple glasses. Apple's headset is already a small gem of miniaturization compared to its competitors, but its size is still relatively substantial. For the moment, this technology is obviously not ready for immediate commercialization, but it could experience a meteoric rise over the next decade.

The potential applications of this innovation are quite vast: holographic communications made possible by 6G, immersive experiences in the fields of education or entertainment, creative professions, etc. Granted, we probably won't see these holographic lenses arriving in our homes right away,but it could happen much sooner than expected.

  • A team of researchers has developed a completely new type of holographic lens.
  • It is so small that it can be easily integrated into classic glasses.
  • According to the researchers behind the design of this lens, the holographic projections it allows are very realistic.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116