AR / VR
A Whole New World, Right Before Your Eyes
Ultrasmall full color laser modules will enable you to experience augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) with the ease of putting on a pair of glasses. Vivid, wide-field images are projected in front of your eyes by casting a laser directly onto the retina. With AR capabilities, you will be able to navigate your way through a trip or interact with friends in the metaverse. New technologies will open a path to the future of “smart” lives.
Changing the world with small laser modules
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The large number of components used and resulting increase in size of the light sources for both AR/VR glasses and smart glasses have to date proved challenging. TDK came to focus on “planar lightwave circuits,” which do not employ lenses or mirrors, in its quest to create more natural and higher-quality visual experiences. Our high-precision production technologies subsequently achieved miniaturization, to create laser modules with a bulk of around one tenth that of traditional modules.
AR glasses mounted with TDK laser modules are revolutionary in using a method of direct projection onto the retina, thus eliminating the necessity for the user to focus their eyes, and ensuring that the images they see remain consistently clear. These glasses deliver “visual support” to allow those with near- or far-sightedness, astigmatism, or age-related vision loss to see vivid images without glasses or contact lenses, provided that their retinas are in good condition. This is a technology with world-changing potential, to deliver everything from high-quality AR experiences to visual support.
From entertainment to business, possibilities expand from the metaverse
Technologies like VR enable a realistic experience of the virtual world, while AR overlays the virtual world onto the real world. These technologies are being used to create simulated experiences not only in entertainment, but in corporate education and training, as well as in the travel, tourism, and shopping industries.
The metaverse—which allows users’ avatars, their alter egos, to enter exit and interact in three-dimensional virtual spaces on the Internets—also attracting attention as a new tool to extend business and communication opportunities by creating virtual shops, virtual offices, virtual events, and so forth.
FAQs about AR / VR
Find answers to frequently asked questions about AR / VR.
What are AR and VR technologies?
AR stands for Augmented Reality, while VR stands for Virtual Reality. AR overlays virtual objects onto the real world, while VR creates a completely simulated environment. Both technologies use imaging devices, such as glasses or headsets, to project images or videos to create an immersive experience for the user.
What are ultrasmall full-color laser modules in AR/VR technology?
Ultrasmall full-color laser modules are devices that display high-resolution images in AR/VR smart glasses. These modules enable images to be projected onto the retina of both eyes, reaching a wide angle. TDK's ultrasmall full-color laser modules are lightweight and compact, making them an ideal choice for smart glasses.
How are AR and VR technologies being used in various industries?
AR and VR technologies are being used in various industries, including entertainment, corporate education and training, travel, tourism, and shopping. They enable realistic experiences of virtual environments, which can be used for immersive learning, interactive marketing, and virtual events. AR technology also enables users to navigate their way through a trip or interact with friends in the metaverse.
What is the metaverse?
The metaverse is a virtual world expanding in digital space, where users' avatars, their alter egos, can enter, exit, and interact in three-dimensional virtual spaces on the internet. It is attracting attention as a new tool to extend business and communication opportunities by creating virtual shops, offices, events, and more.
How do ultrasmall full-color laser modules contribute to the future of "smart" lives?
Ultrasmall full-color laser modules contribute to the future of "smart" lives by enabling a more compact and lightweight design for AR/VR smart glasses. This technology allows users to experience immersive virtual environments, which can be used for entertainment, education, and business purposes. As this technology advances, it will become increasingly integrated into our daily lives, enhancing our experiences and interactions.