Optical design challenges in virtual and augmented reality

Freeform optical design software and virtual prototyping are accelerating the progress in bringing AR and VR headsets to market.

It’s been known for years that aspheric and freeform surfaces can improve the performance of an optical system—in theory. But over the last 30 years, advances in optical fabrication and measurement have pushed aspheric and freeform optical surfaces from design theory to reality. Optical fabrication companies are demonstrating that these optics can be reliably produced. This is enabling a new generation of complex optical surfaces that are revolutionizing the tech industry, making virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headsets possible.

In this white paper you will learn how optical design advances have been applied to AR/VR headsets including:

  • Designing for headset size and weight
  • Producing crisp and undistorted projected images
  • Stray light considerations

This research report is sponsored by Zemax. To download, please complete the form on this page.