HUDs (Head Up Displays) and HMDs (Helmet Mounted Displays) have been with us for
a few decades, providing exceptional optical performances for specialized defense
applications. On the other hand, consumer electronics HMDs (Head Mounted Displays) have
been lingering as personal gadgets for a mere decade. But recently, major companies have
launched consumer compelling head mounted display solutions integrating both hardware,
operating system as well as content, unlocking the decade long consumer HMD status-quo.
As a result, we are witnessing today a fragmentation of the HMD market into various
categories which have their very own specificity in terms of functionality, hardware and
content. Such fragmentation is responsible for defining new distinct market segments
such as consumer near to eye displays, social smart glasses, gaming headsets, as well as
professional (engineering and technical) HMDs, specialized (medical, law enforcement,
firefighting) HMDs and of course the previously existing defense market. We will be
reviewing the different type of optical hardware used in such devices. Article not available.
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