Innovative tech company Zappar has recently created a buzz with a novel invention, a unique headband that replicates a virtual reality experience while maintaining the user’s contact with the real world. Zappar, widely recognized for its ZapBox, has been granted patent number US20230251491A1 for this inventive piece of technology.
Taking a spin on ordinary headbands, this one comes with a small screen that can easily be fixed in front of your eyes and can be removed at your convenience. This design allows for a seamless blend of the virtual and actual world, letting users stay tuned with their surroundings while interacting with the virtual setting.
An important aspect of this innovative technology is a pair of specially crafted glasses that complements the headband. These glasses ensure you view the screen with absolute clarity. The device, designed keeping in mind that it does not hinder your peripheral vision, can hold the screen in a see-through fashion.
The ingenuity of this headband offers a convenient solution to the problem of complete seclusion from real surroundings in existing virtual reality interfaces. Maintaining a balance between the digitally displayed content and a user's real-world view, the patented headband replaces the conventional eye-wrapping wearable VR devices.
It boasts remarkable features that allow the device to reduce unnecessary stress on components, adaptability to different head types, easy replacement and interchangeability of lenses, and maintaining a user’s peripheral vision by strategically positioning the display device.
The technology is designed to follow a straightforward trajectory from the headband's position on the user's head to the base of the display device, lightening the product framework. Moreover, the headband is contrived in a way allowing it to sit higher at the front of a user's head than at the back, shaping according to users with different prescriptions and different inter-pupillary distances (IPDs).
This cutting-edge invention by Zappar could be a game-changer in the realm of Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR) systems. By personalizing the lenses, this technology can accommodate a wide range of users, creating a more immersive and comfortable usability experience.
However, as intriguing as this all sounds, it's important to note that this is a patent. While patents often reflect the exciting possibilities in technological advancement, their practical application is a whole different story. It isn't guaranteed that this patent will materialize into a market-ready product any time soon. But it's always fascinating to see what the future may hold.