A Microsoft patent application published Thursday (and initially filed in 2017) shows a freaky-looking reinterpretation of a mixed-reality head-mounted display. Rather than using fixed screens in front of your eyes, which can limit the field of view, the screens could rotate, orbit your head or move back and forth to simulate a 360-degree field of view in any direction without adding weight or heat to the HMD.
Patently Mobile picked up on the patent, which offers a way to design a smaller, lighter headset by moving the light emitters, which it says has the potential to deliver a “practically unlimited field of view.” Given that its just-announced HoloLens 2 feels like “ ,” this concept sounds like practical science fiction.
While VR and MR sales aren’t going gangbusters for consumers — they’re plugging along, with Oculus having just announced the— they’re gaining popularity for some commercial applications and the enterprise models are getting refreshed regularly. HP just announced its (which does have a consumer sibling) and HTC its at the end of 2018.