Corning and WaveOptics Sign Long-Term Supply Agreement for Augmented Reality Optics
Corning will provide ultra-flat, high-index glass wafers for WaveOptics’ waveguides, the key optical component in AR wearable devices.
Corning Inc. and WaveOptics, a 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 materials science expertise to support WaveOptics’ continued advancements in waveguide manufacturing.
“We believe that waveguide-based AR devices offer the best combination of user experience and sleek designs today,” said David Velasquez, division vice president and general manager for Precision Glass Solutions with Corning Specialty Materials. “We’re excited to work with WaveOptics to enable attractive, high-quality AR wearables, which will be key to increased adoption of this technology. We are excited about the opportunity to support their drive toward a high-volume supply chain.”
According to David Hayes, WaveOptics CEO, “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.”