April 16, 2018

Freeform optics design software overcomes challenges with virtual and augmented reality

Freeform optics design software overcomes challenges with virtual and augmented reality

Over the past few decades, advances in optical fabrication and measurement have moved aspheric and freeform optical surface design from theory to reality, helping to push the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) industries forward.

We're passionate about helping our customers get their AR/VR designs to market in record time, so we were excited by the opportunity to share our thoughts on freeform design for AR/VR with Laser Focus World. Please take a moment to read Freeform optics design: Optical design challenges in virtual and augmented reality.

The article will share:

  • Information about where AR and VR sit on the Gartner Hype Cycle right now

  • Challenges of designing for VR and the unique challenges associated with designing for AR

  • An example AR headset design

  • How to design for smaller and lighter headsets

  • The requirements of optical-design software packages for designers working on these systems

Virtual prototyping and AR/VR

Companies designing AR/VR products are under increased pressure to optimize optical system performance, reduce costs, and shorten time to market. To get to a high-confidence design more quickly, companies are using Zemax Virtual Prototyping to enable engineers to simulate how light travels through the complete optomechanical system design-before building a physical prototype. By using OpticStudio and LensMechanix together, optical and mechanical engineers can share complete design data and ensure the quality of the optical performance throughout the entire design cycle.


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