Lumus wins ‘ Next Big Things in Tech’

14th December 2023
Sheryl Miles

Lumus, the pioneering developer of reflective waveguide technology for augmented reality (AR) eyewear, has announced that its Z-Lens 2D waveguide architecture has been named to Fast Company’s third annual Next Big Things in Tech list.

The esteemed award programme recognises the technology innovations poised to shape the future of global industries.

Z-Lens’ breakthrough waveguide architecture enables the development of small, light AR eyeglasses with high-resolution image quality, outdoor-compatible brightness, and an industry first seamless Rx integration.

“Waveguide technology is a fundamental component for AR glasses to penetrate the consumer market in ways that drive mass-market adoption of the legitimately world-changing product category,” said Lumus CEO Ari Grobman. “For reflective waveguides to be recognised by Fast Company is further validation of the research and development that went into the creation of Z-Lens, a solution that we’re confident will have great impact on the future of AR and the world.”

Featuring an optical engine that is 50% smaller than its predecessor, Z-Lens maintains image quality and high luminance efficiency while answering the demands of consumers for natural-looking, unobtrusive AR glasses. Z-Lens’ innovative, lightweight optical engine features industry-leading resolution and full, vibrant colour to offer superb image quality. With a brightness of 3,000 nits/Watt, consumers will be able to enjoy augmented reality in daylight through a pair of glasses that – from the outside – are virtually indistinguishable from a non-AR pair.

Lumus’ Z-Lens architecture creates several degrees of freedom for glasses manufacturers including flexibility of the eye-box position and the ability to directly bond Rx prescription lenses. This feature allows consumers to customise their AR eyeglasses to their vision without bulky, heavy inserts, enabling them to be utilised as normal eyewear.

This year, a select number of technologies developed by established companies, startups, or research teams are highlighted for their cutting-edge advancements and potential to impact consumers, businesses, and society overall. Acknowledged by Fast Company for their unparalleled innovation, each one is reaching key milestones to have a proven impact in the next five years.

Lumus holds more than 430 patents, with more than 540 additional patents pending, placing it among the world’s top patent holders for augmented reality optics.

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