Sony Patents Prescription VR Glasses

first_img By far the biggest thing holding back virtual reality, the gaming/tech world’s new golden child, is that no matter how immersive you make the worlds or how powerful you make the controls, people don’t want to play something that makes them physically sick. Strapping hardware to your head, having two different sort of unfocused images beamed to your eyes to make fake 3D, and moving through a space in a way that doesn’t totally line up with your senses makes you sick. It sucks!VR glasses can be especially bad for people who wear prescription glasses. Two different sets of lenses stacked on top of each other don’t always play nice. And the extra layer can get in the way of headtracking, which can exacerbate motion sickness even further when not smooth. So as more companies (even Nintendo!) invest more in VR tech, it’s cool that they are also investing in VR accessibility tech, like Sony just did with this new prescription glasses VR patent.Filed last week, this patent describes a system in which a VR headset (like Sony’s own PlayStation VR) would track a user’s glasses rather than their eyes. This would make tracking smoother and less confused while wearing glasses in VR. The glasses themselves would need some adjustments, some kind of embedded tech for the headset to register. But that could just be in the frame.The lenses themselves would still be a user’s prescription so they could, you know, actually see the game. There’s already precedent for tech takes on prescription glasses, like the Gunnar Haus Computer Glasses. This is just the next, VR step.Anything that makes more tech more usable for more people is a good thing. So hopefully this prescription VR patent eventually becomes a real product. Can they make something that fixes VR hair next?For more on PlayStation VR check out our recent hands-on with cool upcoming games like Iron Man VR, No Man’s Sky VR, and Trover Saves The Universe. And for more on glasses tech check out the upgraded Microsoft HoloLens 2. British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class FlightsGeek Pick: HP Reverb Is Clear-Eyed Virtual Reality Stay on targetlast_img

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