London, 28 February 2019 – WaveOptics, the leading designer and manufacturer of diffractive waveguides for use in Augmented Reality (AR) wearables, announces two new senior appointments. Stephen Sweby joins as Quality Director and Andrew Hunter-Osborne as Procurement Director.
Stephen will be responsible for developing quality systems within the supply chain to ensure the consistent and efficient delivery of high quality products to customers. Andrew will be in charge of developing an efficient, cost effective supply chain to ensure the industrialisation of WaveOptics’ waveguides and AR modules through 2019 and beyond.
Stephen was Head of Quality at McLaren Applied Technologies, managing the project life cycle and supply quality. Prior to this, Stephen worked at Apple Inc. as Quality Manager. Steve has held a variety of senior engineering roles including at Vertu, a British based manufacturer established by Nokia.
Andrew brings over 20 years product development, procurement and supply chain experience. Andrew was Head of Procurement at Dyson, where he managed a global team of 30 procurement professionals across the UK, Malaysia and Singapore. Prior to that, Andrew spent 14 years at Nokia in a variety of senior engineering and procurement roles.
David Hayes,CEO WaveOptics, commented:
“These two senior appointments strengthen our capabilities as we further develop our business and scale up to meet our customer’s needs.
“Both Stephen and Andrew bring a wealth of technical and managerial experience and will add a great deal of value by leading our quality and procurement teams respectively. We are delighted that they are joining at this pivotal time in our company’s growth.”
WaveOptics is the world leading designer and manufacturer of diffractive waveguides, the key optical component in wearable augmented reality (AR) devices.
AR wearables, such as smart glasses, enable users to see digital images overlaid on top of the real world. There are two key elements that allow these images to be seen – a light source such as a minute projector and a means of transferring the image from the projector into the user’s eyes.
WaveOptics’ waveguide technology transfers the light waves from the light source and projects them into the user’s eye. The technology produces a large eye-box, binocular viewing and a high field of view. The eye-box (the viewing window) is the size of the AR display from which the full image is visible. WaveOptics’ waveguides deliver crisp, undistorted text as well as stable imagery.
WaveOptics technology is designed to be used for immersive AR experiences in industrial, enterprise and consumer markets. The Company aims for its waveguides to be the core optical component used in all AR wearable devices, driven by its unique technology and expertise, which enable unparalleled manufacturing scalability and visual performance as well as versatility for numerous applications.