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Affordable AR prescription eyewear becoming a reality this spring

Luxexcel and WaveOptics created consumer smartglasses that combine a 3D-printed prescription lens, a waveguide, and a projector.

But how will they look?

As many glass wearers know, there’s only so much of AR you can enjoy the higher your prescription goes. But Luxexcel, a tech company specializing in 3D printed prescription lenses, and WaveOptics, designer of waveguides and light engines, announced last week the showcase of their AR prescription smartglasses. Glasses integrate three important elements of AR: an encapsulated waveguide, in the curved body of a 3D printed prescription lens, and a projector. With the waveguide being completely flat, the images are fairly high-fidelity-looking, and thanks to the 3D printed structure, the projector offers perfect alignment in an optical module. Knowing that almost 70% of adults today need eyewear, this news will definitely intrigue many. Smartglasses are supposedly compact and robust enough for real-world usage, yet the provided waveguide is thin and lightweight, making it comfortable to wear.

Besides glasses being comfortable, they’ll also look fashionable, so consumers will have a chance to proudly show off their new eyewear. Smartglasses will debut at the SPIE. AR, VR, MR conference on March 18th, 2021, while the prototype samples will be available in Q2 2021.