VARiable HMD: Optical see-through HMD for AR and VR

Wataru Yamada, Hiroyuki Manabe, Daizo Ikeda, Jun Rekimoto

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Abstract

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) with head-mounted displays (HMDs) are rapidly becoming popular. Unfortunately, optical see-through HMDs for AR are not compatible with VR and users must prepare the other type of HMD to experience VR. We present a new method for optical see-through HMDs that enables switching between VR and AR by changing the degree of transparency. The proposed method controls liquid crystals to change the transparency in an enclosure constructed of polarizing plates to achieve the switch. The proposed method does not require the use of expensive modules and is applicable to various HMDs including those that are smartphone based and retinal projection based. We construct a prototype implementing the proposed method and evaluate its performance and unique characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUIST 2019 Adjunct - Adjunct Publication of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages131-133
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368179
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Oct 14
Event32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2019 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: 2019 Oct 202019 Oct 23

Publication series

NameUIST 2019 Adjunct - Adjunct Publication of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

Conference

Conference32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2019
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period19/10/2019/10/23

Keywords

  • Head-mounted display
  • Mixed reality
  • Optical see-though

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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    Yamada, W., Manabe, H., Ikeda, D., & Rekimoto, J. (2019). VARiable HMD: Optical see-through HMD for AR and VR. In UIST 2019 Adjunct - Adjunct Publication of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (pp. 131-133). (UIST 2019 Adjunct - Adjunct Publication of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3332167.3356896