What if your everyday eyeglasses became the next media for augmented reality applications? What if every car could display valuable data on the whole windshield to securely guide you through the traffic? That's the proposition offered by Germany's Infineon Technologies for its Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS).
The new MEMS scanner chipset features an innovative tilting mirror which lays the foundation for a new generation of laser beam scanner (LBS) projectors that the firm contends will allow completely new product designs. The chipset enables the design of an AR micro-projector which is light in weight and can be aesthetically integrated into all-day-wear eyeglasses and sports glasses. Thanks to the chipset’s low power consumption, small batteries can easily be integrated into the frame, allowing the glasses to be worn conveniently throughout the day without the need to frequently recharge the batteries.
Enriching real environments
Its miniature size and low power consumption are the basis for making augmented reality (AR) solutions more widely available for consumer applications such as wearables and for automotive head-up displays.
“Augmented reality solutions enrich real environments with valuable digital data and help people to move around more conveniently and safely in daily life, for business and leisure activities, but especially on the street,” said Charles Chan, head of Infineon’s automotive MEMS product line.
“Maps, infotainment or messages projected on everyday glasses guide people to the nearest supermarket or shared car park around the corner. Overlaying valuable information, from route navigation to driver assistance systems, over the car’s complete windshield, instead of just over a small area in front of the driver, is a major step ahead for improving driving safety and convenience.”
To advance the development of AR smart glasses’ systems for the consumer market, Infineon is collaborating with TriLite Technologies, a Vienna-based start-up.
TriLite designs and builds the world’s smallest projection displays, driven by proprietary multi-parameter software and deploy advanced machine learning algorithms to generate laser beam scanning devices with unprecedented size, weight and image quality. TriLite enables its customers to accelerate the availability of leading-edge display solutions for mass-market Augmented Reality applications.
While Infineon looks after the MEMS scanner chipset, TriLite is responsible for system integration and control algorithms that enhance the optical performance of the system. Both companies combine several years of research in optical MEMS and mass manufacturing capabilities.