Oculus Half Dome: prototype VR-helmet with mechanical focusing

By: Bohdan Chub | 03.05.2018, 15:34
Oculus Half Dome: prototype VR-helmet with mechanical focusing

At the F8 developers' conference, the Oculus team, Facebook's VR unit, showed another prototype virtual reality helmet, codenamed Half Dome.

How is it interesting?


Oculus Rift and the new version

Firstly, the Half Dome uses large lenses that provide a viewing angle of up to 140 degrees - a tangible gain compared to 110 degrees for Oculus Rift or HTC Vive Pro . The company also hinted at displays of higher resolution, but so far without details.


The main feature of the prototype is the technology of focusing with mobile displays. In existing VR-devices, close objects look blurred, so they try to place them at a distance of two meters. With Half Dome, everything is much more interesting: the helmet automatically adjusts the focal plane, changing the distance between the lens and the screen. Wherever the user would look, the image remains clear, and the text on the subject presented to the person - readable.


In Oculus argue that the mechanical system is silent and does not create vibrations. As often as the screens inside the helmet did not move, it would not hurt to explore the virtual worlds.


Alas, the company did not say anything about when a new technology could appear in commercial Oculus helmets.

Source: Facebook