We demonstrate a method for measuring the transverse chromatic aberration (TCA) in a virtual reality head-mounted display (VR HMD). This procedure was used to characterize the optical performance of the Oculus Go VR HMD. Results show a measurable TCA for angles larger than approximately 6◦ from the center of the field of view. TCA can be thought of as a wavelength dependent magnification, and as a result, the relative size of objects vary based on the rendering color. In addition, this leads to color changes in the image due to mixing with neighboring pixels, which impacts image quality. The test results for the Oculus Go show promise for characterizing TCA across different HMDs.
Beams, Ryan; Cheng, Wei-Chung; Kim, Andrea S.; and Badano, Aldo
"Transverse Chromatic Aberrations in Virtual Reality Devices,"
Frameless: Vol. 1
, Article 19.
Available at: https://scholarworks.rit.edu/frameless/vol1/iss1/19