Optical Engines

Optical Engines

Also known as modules

The key to unlock AR eyewear

Image forming elements

The optical engine – waveguides and projectors – is the key to enabling successful AR smartglasses and headsets. It is the biggest driver of the industrial design and power consumption for highly immersive devices.

Ideal for product evaluation and development

Optical engines principally consider of a projector coupled to a diffractive waveguide combiner. This is based on our core technology which we variously refer to as the waveguide or waveguide stack.

Optical engines are available with differing field of views and in monocular or binocular configurations.

We also offer our optical engines with driver electronics, so that you can test and evaluate our standard offering. Demo content via an APK is also available. If electronics are required, we provide: interface puck with USB-C connection, access to demo content via APKs, associated software, tools and support

Our Optical Engine models

We recommend customers procure an optical engine rather than discrete components in order to achieve highest efficiency and the superior optical performance which WaveOptics is known for. We have a number of module options available, 3 of which are listed below for you to explore.


28° Loki projector and Asgard waveguide


40° Saturn projector and D08 waveguide


56° Mercury projector and Odin waveguide


The latest development kit

Demonstrating advanced level of readily deployable and customisable AR technology

  • Monocular resolution 4:3 VGA (640px x 480px) landscape
  • Eye relief 15mm
  • Display Brightness 700 Nits
  • Eye box 25 x 13.6mm
  • Refresh rate 25 – 125 Hz
  • Interface QSPI / SPI
  • System power 800 milliwatts at above brightness values
  • Weight 17g


Most popular choice for enterprise

The Titan is proven technology used worldwide by leading ODMs such as Pegatron, Wistron, Compal, and more.

  • Binocular resolution 1280px x 720px
  • Eye relief 25mm
  • Display brightness 875 Nits
  • Inter Pupillary Distance (IPD) 63mm
  • Refresh rate 60Hz
  • Interface USB-C display port alt mode
  • System power 2.0 Watts


Immersive user experience

Merlin offers the widest field of view with a compact form factor

  • Binocular resolution 1920px x 1080px
  • Eye relief 20mm
  • Display brightness 250 Nits
  • Inter Pupillary Distance (IPD) 63.5mm
  • Refresh rate 60Hz
  • Interface USB-C display port alt mode
  • System power 2.1 Watts
  • Weight 55g
Knowledge Hub
How to use optical engines in smartglasses?
WaveOptics developed the Leopard to demonstrate how to build an AR smartglass around our optical engines which is sleek, lightweight and easy to use. (Not a commercial product.) Finalist in the AWE Auggie Awards for Best Headworn Device category.
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