The Future of Mixed Reality is Much Bigger than Magic Leap


Alice Bonasio, writing for, came to WaveOptics to help explore and explode some of the myths and hype surrounding Magic Leap. We were pleased to be able to give her a demonstration of our technology and to show her what is possible in augmented reality here and now with our waveguides.

On the WaveOptics waveguide she reports; “Their headset (nicknamed “the Ghost”) also has no ambitions to be a consumer device. Rather, it is meant to enable developers to build and test on top of their technology. It took 10 months to develop, and performed impressively when I tested it.

The holograms retained their sharpness and bright colors even when I moved my head quickly or faced the window, projecting them against natural light (they were much fainter, but still visible). Crucially, however, the display was fully transparent, and the field of view was significantly wider than what you get with HoloLens.

In contrast to Magic Leap, WaveOptics has chosen to bootstrap their R&D, quietly developing this technology for the past three years by drawing on their team’s combined decades of expertise. CTO David Grey, for example, has been working on optical design, imaging and illumination for the past 25 years, and was head of optics for BAE Systems.

They now claim to have several major partners lining up to incorporate this technology in their own products.

When I asked them about their thoughts on HoloLens, they said that their product was in no way competing with it or any other hardware, but rather could be integrated into such devices agnostically to improve FOV, much in the same way as ARM processors power mobile phones of all brands.”

Read Alice’s full article here.