Collaboration enables better image quality for mass adoption of AR wearables
N.Y. & LONDON, 13 December 2018 — Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW), the world’s leading supplier of high refractive index glass for eyewear, and WaveOptics, a leading designer and manufacturer of diffractive waveguides, have entered into a long-term supply agreement for augmented reality (AR) optics.
Corning will provide ultra-flat, high-index glass wafers for WaveOptics’ waveguides, the key optical component in AR wearable devices. WaveOptics’ specialized nano-structures will be imprinted on the glass wafers and made into waveguides using a well-defined manufacturing process.
As part of the agreement, Corning will also provide its world-class materials science expertise to support WaveOptics’ continued advancements in waveguide manufacturing.
“We believe that waveguide-based AR devices currently offer the best combination of user experience and sleek design,” said David Velasquez, who runs Corning Precision Glass Solutions.
“We’re excited to work with WaveOptics to enable attractive, high-quality AR wearables, which will be key to increased adoption of this technology,” Velasquez said, “We love the opportunity to support their drive towards a high-volume supply chain.”
David Hayes, WaveOptics CEO, commented:
“Our waveguides meet a demanding technical specification that provides a comfortable viewing experience with crisp imagery displayed over a wide instantaneous field of view. Corning’s high-index glass has the characteristics that we need to enable the superior optical performance of our waveguide technology.
“This collaboration enables us to access Corning’s expertise in applied materials science, which will allow us to maintain our leadership in the design and development of diffractive waveguides for AR wearables.”
WaveOptics’ waveguides are designed with superior optical performance and mass manufacturing in mind. The patented waveguide technology allows the creation of a large viewing window in which to experience AR, providing immersive AR experiences for industrial, enterprise, and consumer applications.
Corning has experience delivering mass-production quantities of ultra-flat, high-index glass for leading augmented reality device makers. Corning Augmented Reality Solutions are one of several products in Corning’s portfolio of Precision Glass Solutions that leverage the company’s precision optics and forming capabilities to address the emerging need for glass across microelectronics.
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WaveOptics is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of diffractive waveguides, the key optical component in wearable augmented reality (AR) devices.
AR wearables, such as smart glasses, enable users to see computer-generated images overlaid on top of the real world. There are two key elements that allow these images to be seen – a light source such as a minute projector and a means of transferring the image from the projector into the user’s eyes.
WaveOptics’ waveguide technology transfers the light waves from the light source and projects them into the user’s eye. The technology produces a large eye-box, binocular viewing and a high field of view. The eye-box (the viewing window) is the size of the AR display from which the full image is visible. WaveOptics’ waveguides deliver crisp, undistorted text as well as stable imagery.
WaveOptics technology is designed to be used for immersive AR experiences in Industrial, enterprise and consumer markets. The Company aims for its waveguides to be the core optical component used in all AR wearable devices, driven by its unique technology and expertise, which enable unparalleled manufacturing scalability and visual performance as well as versatility for numerous applications.
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