The Lumus DK-50 demo at the Consumer Electronics Show had a wider field of view than rivals.
Virtual and augmented reality played a tremendous role at CES 2016 and among them, there was a product called the Lumus DK-50 that proved to have an experience that was even more immersive than the much better known HoloLens from Microsoft.
The HoloLens has been making headlines by being tested by astronauts at the International Space Station.
However, despite the fact that Microsoft’s augmented reality glasses have been grabbing more media attention, the Lumus DK-50 has still managed to stand out. Moreover, it did so at the massive CES 2016, where there were over 20,000 products being demonstrated by more than 3,600 exhibitors. The feature that allowed it to stand out the most in its demonstration was in its very wide field of vision.
The field of vision is one of the biggest drawbacks to the augmented reality experience from HoloLens.
The reason field of vision is important is that the immersive experience is limited to where you look. With HoloLens, the field of view is more narrow so while the AR technology experience is interesting and realistic, it remains so only when the wearer of the glasses is looking forward or within a more narrow range of view. When looking outside the ideal field of view, it breaks from the experience of feeling as though the viewer is immersed in what is being seen.
That said, the Lumus DK-50 has greatly broadened the field of view. This allows the AR graphics to be seen in a wider portion of the visible environment of the wearer, providing a more realistic and immersive experience.
The quality of the augmented reality images, themselves, was also something to appreciate in this new wearable technology. They are crisp enough to make it feel as though the AR graphics are a part of the real three dimensional physical environment. When compared to the HoloLens, the images viewed through the Lumus DK-50 looked more solid and were still visible even if the wearer happened to look up or down with their eyes.