by Guido Groet – Chief Strategy Officer Luxexcel
The smart glasses industry is making small steps forward in the right direction. The day when a consumer will step into a store and choose whether or not they want to add smart functionality to their traditional eyeglasses is still in the distant future. Luxexcel, however, has recently reached a milestone in the Augmented Reality world by demonstrating that prescription lens integration in smart eyewear is possible in a fashionable way, today.
The recipe for our success is to use 3D printing to make ‘prescription’ smart eyewear. 3D printing has changed many industries from automotive to aerospace, as well as the hearing aid industry, to name a few. We’re the first company to revolutionize the lens world, and specifically prescription lenses, with 3D printing. As such, we’re the patent holder to the major technologies involved in creating optical devices with 3D printing.
I am often asked: how did a 3D printing lens company venture into the smart eyewear space?
We started by building an industrial platform suitable to commercially 3D print prescription lenses in volume. We also developed ophthalmic materials with optimal properties for specific use in our platform. In 2017, we shipped the first platforms to customers to make traditional ophthalmic lenses.
Our experts in optics and ophthalmology, as well as electronic and mechanical engineers then realized that we could stop the 3D printing process to seamlessly include objects into the prescription lens material. They introduced passive and active filters (mostly to manufacture electrochromic glasses) which paved the way for including smart technologies into 3D printed lenses to make ‘prescription’ smart eyewear.
Today, we can work with you to make ‘prescription’ smart eyewear for your AR smart eyewear project, and we offer developer kits at a cost. Here are some of the smart technologies that can be integrated into 3D printed lenses:
Holographic optical elements
Liquid crystal/electrochromic foils
If you want to learn how our 3D printing technology integrates smart technologies into prescription lenses, download our comprehensive 50-page Technical Guide.
We’re making a selected number of demonstrators of ‘prescription’ smart eyewear available to customers at a cost. Please indicate your interest by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the author: As the Chief Strategy Officer, Guido Groet assists high-tech companies to leverage Luxexcel’s patented 3D printing technology to make better products while addressing the vision correction needs of customers.