Socially Acceptable AR Glasses: Are We There Yet?

Kai-Han Chang, Ali Özgür Yöntem and Kaan Akşit

An Optica incubator meeting explored the role of optical waveguides in developing compact, comfortable and natural eyewear for augmented reality.

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As novel optical architectures bring augmented-reality (AR) headsets closer to an all-day wearable, immersive experience, their social acceptability is intensely discussed. Diffractive optical components, meta-optics and creative ways of managing polarization are all making headset form factors more compact. Yet the image artifacts that come with these technologies—forward light leakage (eye glow), ghosting, rainbow artifacts and more—still need to be studied and minimized.

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