October 30th, 2022 at 8:45 am by Claus Ludewig – Nvidia has filed a patent. The company is said to be working on a competitor to the Microsoft Holo Lens and enabling holograms in VR technology.
In 2016, Microsoft launched the first generation of AR glasses, the Holo Lens. The Holo Lens 2 has been available since 2019, which can display holograms in the real world in a horizontal field of view with 52 degrees. Business customers and developers can buy the augmented reality headset directly from Microsoft for a price of at least 3,850 euros. The inventor of Xbox Kinect, Alex Kipman, and his team developed both mixed reality headsets. In the meantime, Kipman is no longer employed by Microsoft, and whether there will be a third revision is completely open. Nvidia is now said to be working on a display technology for hologram representation. The graphics card giant has submitted a corresponding patent for this.
There is only competition for business customers
The patent is only about the technical explanation of the technology, but not about a specific product. According to the patent, it is a holographic virtual reality display. With the Holo Lens, on the other hand, content is displayed in the real world, while Nvidia’s approach seems to be aimed at virtual reality. There may also be a VR headset with hologram games at some point.
After the Holo Lens, the Magic Leap One celebrated its debut in 2018, although the company soon went bankrupt because there were hardly any customers for the AR glasses. Ultimately, the start-up realigned itself and has been selling the Magic Leap 2 since September 2022, which is only available to business customers and developers. Instead of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850, the $3,300 Holo Lens competition is powered by a Zen 2-based AMD Ryzen. The battery life of the Magic Leap 2 is around 3.5 hours, the battery of the Microsoft Holo Lens 2 is empty after two to three hours. Nothing is official yet about Apple’s approach to AR glasses, it may be next year.
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Nvidia has filed a patent for display technology for hologram representation. The patent specification is only about the technical explanation of the technology, but not about a specific product. According to the patent, it is a holographic virtual reality display. Microsoft has been offering the second generation of the Holo Lens since 2019, in which holograms are displayed in the real world. However, the augmented reality headset is only offered to business customers and developers at prices starting at 3,850 euros.
Sources: Gamerant, Magic Leap