Pittsburgh-based PPG and Meta Materials, a Canadian developer of high-performance functional materials and nanocomposites, will demonstrate ophthalmic smart devices primarily for extended reality (XR) applications through Friday at the AWE USA show in Santa Clara , in California.
The XR market is an umbrella term covering virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality applications.
The companies will optimize PPG’s electrochromic gel with its UV-curable optical monomers to provide enhanced dynamic dimming functionality for XR eyewear. They will use META’s ARfusion technology with ultraviolet light for curing. This process should be more cost effective and sustainable.
META’s technology combines molded lens manufacturing tools with functional materials to deliver an XR wearable platform that packs smart technologies into thin, lightweight lenses.
“META has the capabilities and resources to lead the development and integration of highly functional materials into smart prescription lenses,” said Ray Hudack, PPG’s senior marketing manager for optical materials and coatings. “PPG has extensive experience and intellectual property related to the development, formulation and application of electrochromic formulations. Together, we aim to develop new ways to advance next-generation ophthalmic optics with new features. Through this initiative, we see an opportunity to bring a superior solution to developers of AR/XR smart glasses and other applications.