AGC: Glass Substrate for Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality Glasses
Glass substrates for AR/MR glasses require a high refractive index to extend the viewing sample, along with high transparency to vividly show images.
AGC recently announced that it has developed a high-transparency, high-refractive-index glass substrate for use in augmented reality/mixed reality (AR/MR) glasses. The company reports that it has established a mass production system for the glass in Japan and plans to launch sales this month.
The development of displays that “virtually augment” the world around us by superimposing virtual visual information onto our view of the real world has been gathering momentum in recent years. In particular, eyeglass-fashioned wearable devices that are able to display AR or MR have been capturing headlines. The market for these glasses is expected to expand as the next-generation device to follow smartphones.
Glass substrates for AR/MR glasses require a high refractive index to extend the viewing sample, along with high transparency to vividly show images. These substrates also require highly advanced glass processing technology to transmit images with extreme accuracy (e.g., high flatness and smooth surfaces). With its high refractive index and high transparency, AGC’s newly developed glass substrate reportedly combines all of these characteristics. The company reports that it aims to continue expanding the product across a range of markets, including the in-vehicle technology sector.
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