New Reality

WaveOptics believes in a safer, quicker, more expansive and enriched world. It’s augmented reality technology as a real-life experience. Viable rather than virtual. Human not humanoid.
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Our Technology

With WaveOptics' patented waveguide, the world finally has augmented reality technology with viable and attractive economies of scale.

Our optical design harnesses waveguide hologram physics and photonic crystals rather than conventional augmented reality projection. Collimating small input/large output processing allows for lightweight, all-day ergonomics with unrivalled optics and power efficiency.

WaveOptics technology does not require cumbersome prisms, mirrors or scarce materials, meaning our industry partners can engineer and manufacture devices using standard processes and tools.

Our technology can be tailored for specific applications and scaled for mass implementation across a myriad of form factors.

Core Foundations


Our large eye box technology creates persistent and stable full colour RGB images both indoors and out.


Our technology uses patented ultra-thin waveguides and photonic crystals, so there’s no need for bulky, power hungry projection hardware.


Our technology can be manufactured at mass scale using well-known and readily available tools, materials and processes.

Latest News

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£12m Series B funding round

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Our Difference

WaveOptics believes in totally immersive augmented reality that is viable and accessible.

Across endless shapes, sizes, and surfaces, our waveguide technology realises stunning augmented reality experiences. With full colour imagery and peripheral vision our technology has an unsurpassed field of view.

This is WaveOptics’ big difference: it has developed augmented reality technology that fuses incredible image quality with lightness and manufacturing scalability.

Our Philosophy

Augmented reality should be a positive enhancement of people’s worldview, integrating data and imagery that complements what they’d ordinarily see. In other words, augmented reality should allow people to view projected images with their surroundings; the key difference between it and virtual reality.

WaveOptics believe in a new reality – a seamless and immersive experience that enhances the physical world around us.

WaveOptics is the optical ingredient to make augmented reality the new reality.

Management Team

Though just three years old, WaveOptics is no start-up. Its expert team has years of combined industry experience, covering heads-up displays (HUD), head mounted displays (HMD) sensors, optical design, imaging, illumination, augmented reality and virtual reality. Experience garnered in the fields of defence, gaming, consumer electronics and medical technology.

David Hayes recently joined as CEO, marking a step change for WaveOptics. David has brought hardware and technology innovation to fruition for over twenty years, leading teams across research, product development and manufacturing, most recently as Executive Vice President of DAQRI Labs, and before as CEO of 1066 Labs. As a serial entrepreneur, David has founded several successful technology companies too, including Velocity Mobile and A Living Picture.

Our Partners

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99 Park Drive
Milton Park
Oxfordshire OX14 4RY

+44 (0)1235 841526




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