Transparent Augmented Reality Display

Researchers have developed the first flexible, transparent augmented reality (AR) display screen using 3D printing and inexpensive materials. Creating the new display screen is expected to improve the usage of augmented reality in several fields and applications.

By superimposing digital material over the physical world, augmented reality (AR) technology improves how users see and interact with their surroundings in real-time. As glass substrates are used in current mainstream AR production, it has been difficult to develop flexible AR technology that can adapt to changing angles of light sources. Glass substrates must go through photo masking, laminating, cutting, or etching microstructure patterns. These laborious procedures are costly, have a low output rate, and are challenging to combine smoothly with product appearance designs.

A first-of-its-kind accomplishment in AR displays, the team has successfully created a transparent display screen utilizing low-cost, optical-quality polymer and plastic.

It was a groundbreaking method in transparent augmented reality displays since the researchers employed additive manufacturing in the fabrication process, commonly known as 3D printing. This new technology will include the visor of head-worn devices, such as AR glasses, AR sports goggles, AR helmets, and car displays. KDH Design Corporation develops AR motorcycle helmets and military goggles. The ability of the display screen to bend and suit various shapes, including curved or uneven surfaces, gives a designer a greater choice when creating a product’s form factor.

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