AjnaLens: Taking on mixed reality
New headset features a 90-degree field of view
There are many large companies competing to bring the world of augmented reality to the forefront of the technological world, some with the backing of billion-dollar technology companies behind them.
But AjnaLens by Indian company Dimension NXG isn’t one of these tech giants. Their headset is arguably just as interesting and groundbreaking as anything put forward by the likes of Microsoft and other powerhouses of the industry.
The AjnaLens is not actually an augmented-reality device; rather, it utilizes mixed reality to alter the environment around the user right before his or her eyes.
The device does so using artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies to overlay a real-time mesh over the environment detected by it, dropping a hologram into the real world and allowing the mixed-reality objects to function in relation to their real-world counterparts.
Better Visual Quality and Field of View
Even as Microsoft innovates with its HoloLens technology, the developers at Dimension NXG are looking to surpass the other mixed- and augmented-reality devices on the market by offering a wider field of view. While the HoloLens gives users a 35-degree view of the world, AjnaLens boasts a 90-degree field of view. NXG is also seeking to improve the quality of the AjnaLens holograms, making them more akin to the real world using lighting technology and other techniques.
The Ajna relighting system makes the holograms presented brighter and less transparent, and heightens their dynamics, making the environment at hand feel more real.
Some members of the AjnaLens team come from the world of filmmaking and visual effects (the team has more than 15 years’ experience and eight award-winning Bollywood and Hollywood films between them), bringing skills to the table that help to create realistic shaders in order to make the holograms look as realistic as possible.
One of the most powerful pieces of technology under the hood of the AjnaLens is the world-sensing technology it uses. This system integrates digital holograms seamlessly with the real-life environment using an advanced 3D capture system.
Beyond the Basics
The AjnaLens can be controlled in a few different ways. The user can make use of his or her voice, or can use gestures or simply gaze to control it.
The additional artificial-intelligence features are where AjnaLens truly enters the realm of near-future science fiction, however. AjnaLens allows the user to bring to life an AI-powered sidekick complete with a digital brain. This sidekick can be customized and
grown depending on the desires of the user.
While Dimension NXG and its AjnaLens technology may have come from a more humble beginning than those of, say, Microsoft, their technology seems to speak for itself in its versatility and power. The company hopes that sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare, aerospace, defense and more will embrace the technology for their own various needs.
Dimension NXG is partnered with Zone Startups, Nvidia, Ryerson Futures and BSE in the development of the AjnaLens. Demos of AjnaLens can be scheduled at http://dimensionnxg.com/ajnalens/.