Perhaps the biggest problem with the current version of the HoloLens is its field of view which, at only 35 degrees, was far too narrow for an immersive augmented reality experience. New reports have shown that Microsoft has even opted to nix v2 of HoloLens, and has instead jumped straight to v3, with the hopes of improving its user experience. A newly published patent may show us how.
Filed in December 2016, and published only last week, the patent, entitled 'MEMS Laser Scanner Having Enlarged FOV', describes the use of a MEMS laser scanner to 'expand the FOV without increasing the range over which the mirror of the scanner oscillates.'
The entire process is summarised via the following flowchart:
The first glimpse we had of Microsoft's augmented reality headset left many stunned, and hopeful for the company's future as a rejuvenated and nimble innovator. What quickly became apparent, however, was that the early versions of HoloLens and Microsoft's mixed reality ambitions required quite a bit of work before they would be market-ready. Hopefully, these improvements, alongside the promise of a much lower asking price, will ensure the headset has a better future than, say, Microsoft's ambitions in the mobile market.