WaveOptics and Luxexcel demonstrate prescription eyewear for Augmented Reality smartglasses

WaveOptics and Luxexcel demonstrate prescription eyewear for Augmented Reality smartglasses

3D-printed optics provide prescription AR/VR lenses. Picture: Luxexcel

Luxexcel, the technology leader in 3D printed prescription lenses, and WaveOptics, the foremost designer and manufacturer of waveguides and light engines, have collaborated to create an innovative module integrating three of the vital elements required for developing consumer Augmented Reality smartglasses: a 3D printed prescription lens, a waveguide, and a projector.
The module enables technology companies to manufacture Augmented Reality prescription eyewear in a normal form factor similar to today’s conventional eyewear. The key components of the module can be customized, scaled, and manufactured in high-volume today to provide technology companies with an Augmented Reality prescription eyewear solution that best fits the requirements of the consumer market.
The module, manufactured with Luxexcel’s patented 3D printing platform, features a fully encapsulated waveguide in the curved body of a 3D printed prescription lens. High-quality images are maintained because the waveguide remains completely flat and an air gap is created during the printing process. The 3D printed structure also provides an accurate mounting for the projector ensuring perfect alignment when assembled into an optical module.
By integrating a waveguide into a 3D printed lens, the eyewear becomes thinner with an estimated 50 percent reduction in overall weight compared with legacy lenses. The waveguide is also protected by the lens material creating a rugged, dust, and waterproof solution.

Guido Groet, Chief Strategy Officer at Luxexcel says, “About 70% of the adult world population today need vision correction to see their best. Providing consumers with a single device that integrates both their prescription requirements, as well as smart technologies from leaders such as WaveOptics, is a prerequisite in enabling the adoption of smartglasses by the mass consumer market. The combined strengths of the partnership: Luxexcel’s 3D printing platform and WaveOptics’ waveguides, create Augmented Reality prescription eyewear that everyone has been waiting for.”
Phil Greenhalgh, Chief Technology Officer at WaveOptics added, “The combination of WaveOptics’ Katana waveguide, the thinnest and lightest waveguide on the market today, with the compete encapsulation provided by Luxexcel’s printed lenses creates an incredibly compact and robust solution that will withstand real-world use. This partnership provides a solution for two of the major product planning challenges all of our customers face: how to address prescription accommodation and delivering a robust waveguide in a form factor that can go into a consumer product.”
This module will be shown for the first time at the SPIE. AR, VR, MR conference in March 2021 where both companies will feature in a virtual fireside chat to discuss the partnership and their respective technologies. Prototype samples of the module will be available for customers in Q2 2021.


Invitation SPIE.AR|VR|MR Fireside Chat WaveOptics and Luxexcel
Date: March 18th, 2021 Title: “The integration of prescription power, a waveguide, and a projector in a single lens module.”
Watch a preview video of the module here: https://youtu.be/hgUIZKqlHEg

MIDO: Visitor registration opens

MIDO: Visitor registration opens


Milano Eyewear Show on February 23, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for MIDO)

On 28. January MIDO has opened visitor registration. Buyers, designers, entrepreneurs, opticians, ophthalmologists and professionals in the global eyewear supply chain can register for the forthcoming edition of the show, slated for June 5 – 7, 2021 on the MIDO website www.mido.com/en/entry-pass . This subtle yet significant positive sign arrives from the world of trade shows, tools essential to the industrial policy of our country and others.
President Vitaloni said: “MIDO is not ‘just’ the leading global eyewear industry trade show, it has come to symbolize the much-needed relaunch businesses are thirsting for.”

For months MIDO has been busy organizing the next edition of the show, coordinating constantly with the Foreign Ministry and ITA (Italian Trade&Investment Agency) to develop and implement solutions that ensure the utmost safety for the event. These include rapid testing, temperature checks and the so-called “green corridors”, crucial to securing a bilateral agreement for business travelers inbound and outbound from non-EU countries, like the USA.

“MIDO is a necessity – stated MIDO President Giovanni Vitaloni. It is not ‘simply’ the leading global eyewear industry trade show, it has also come to symbolize the much-needed relaunch businesses are thirsting for. In light of the evolving health crisis, and especially the immunization campaign – which we are watching closely and with a bit of apprehension – we are taking all the measures in our control to open the doors to MIDO on June 5th. We are a tool at the service of the eyewear industry, and the industry is asking us for a sign that will restore hope to the marketplace.”

This does not shift the focus from the virtual show: the new digital platform will soon be launched and will welcome exhibitors and buyers who cannot be present at the event. Certainly, a valuable element, but one that cannot replace an in-person experience. “In our sector – continued Vitaloni – the digital showcase makes it possible to create cool settings in which to display products and fully engage those who cannot participate in person; but the physical experience, in an appropriately prepared venue, in keeping with the times, is a must.”

A taste of the extent to which in-person eyewear events play a role and add essential value was apparent in Florence at DaTE in September, the only in-person eyewear industry event held in 2020. “We really pushed for it – concluded Vitaloni – and the reactions of visitors and exhibitors acknowledged the courage and the financial returns which, under the circumstances, were quite interesting. But, what mattered most was being able to meet safely, which brought a real injection of confidence and optimism. Now, more than ever, we need to restore this confidence and only MIDO can help us regain it.”