Head-mounted display from Mirage Innovations

Mirage Innovations have come up with a new head-mounted display that purports to overcome many of the limitations of current technologies.

This device, the size of a large pair of sunglasses, provides the illusion of a 40″ display at 7′. As near as I can tell (please add details if you have them) this is accomplished by getting an image source (such as micro LCD, LCOS or OLED) to project through a thin transparent substrate plate that diffracts the light outward, then inward to hit the eyes at a wide angle.

This may not wind up being the be-all and end-all of HMDs — we’ll see what the reviews look like when it goes to market — but it’s an important step.

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