Lumus teams for smart glasses wave guides

Lumus teams for smart glasses wave guides

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By Nick Flaherty

Lumus and AddOptics have teamed up to directly bond waveguides with prescription lenses for smart glasses.

Israeli reflective geometric waveguide developer Lumus is working with prescription lens supplier AddOptics in a strategic deal tor immersive AR smart glasses globally.

Traditional AR displays often struggle to accurately simulate depth perception, resulting in virtual content feeling detached or distant from the real world. AddOptics has developed an optical lens approach to address this challenge, enabling a unique push-pull method based on the additive property of thin lens diopters.

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By combining a positive diopter lens (+0.50 D) with an equal but opposite negative diopter lens (-0.50 D), the company has created a combined lens system with no net optical power (0.00 D) that brings the virtual image to the ideal viewing distance of a couple of meters while keeping the wearer’s view of physical world unchanged.

This allows the Lumus Z-Lens 2D reflective waveguide to seamlessly integrate into the prescription lens without compromising on visual acuity or precision. This is the only waveguide that allows direct bonding of prescription lenses, says Lumus, and AddOptics to bond its prescription lenses directly to Lumus’ waveguide without bulky, heavy inserts.

Introduced last year, Z-Lens uses a lightweight optical engine and high resolution color uniformity and brightness to offer improved image quality in natural-looking, unobtrusive AR glasses.

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“At Lumus, we are committed to making all-purpose AR eyewear a reality,” said Eli Glikman, Chief Product Officer at Lumus. “Our collaboration with AddOptics demonstrates the unique value of reflective or geometric waveguides by adding corrective lenses directly to our waveguides. AddOptics shares our mission of improving the overall experience to users, and our partnership represents a significant step forward in readying AR glasses for the masses. Together, we’re overcoming roadblocks that have dampened user experiences to deliver a new level of comfort and performance in a form factor practically indistinguishable from traditional eyewear.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Lumus to bring our prescription lens solutions to the forefront of AR technology,” said Joris Biskop, CEO of AddOptics. “Our collaboration offers users a seamless way to address the more than 70% of people who require corrective lenses to interact with digital content through AR glasses. By pairing our prescription lenses with Lumus’ reflective waveguides, we’re creating personalized AR experiences tailored to the unique visual needs of each user.”

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