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Founded by experts in AR, our whole team is driven to and determined to make AR the next must-have technology.

Our experts have invented ways to make impressive AR displays that exceed our customers’ expectations.

Over 70% of our R&D team have PhD’s with considerable expertise in nano-photonics, optical design and the commercial production of head-mounted displays. Our extensive operational experience in the manufacture of AR wearables is critical to our success and sets us apart from the competition.

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We believe in the power of the individual to make great things.


Co-founded by David Grey, Salim Valera and Sumanta Talukdar. First WaveOptics patent application filed for “Exit pupil expanding diffractive optical waveguiding device” – key to initial funding success.


We reflect the Snap’s values to be Kind, Smart, Creative


Notched parallelogram (Phlox) patent granted 2021 for “Waveguide for an augmented reality or virtual reality display”.

David Hayes

Prior to joining WaveOptics David was the executive vice president of DAQRI Labs, responsible for overseeing all aspects of hardware from basic research through to product development and preparation for manufacture. Prior to DAQRI, David was the CEO of 1066 Labs who were a leading head mounted display manufacturer and technology solution innovator.

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Phil Greenhalgh

Prior to CTO at WaveOptics, Phil was SVP Engineering at DAQRI and Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer at 1066 Labs. With extensive expertise in leading talented engineers to create the world’s most capable AR systems, specifically optical components.

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Richard Smith

An experienced technology and telecoms Chief Financial / Operating Officer who thrives in environments where significant change is required. An excellent communicator who builds strong relationships with Boards and management teams, and who has experience of both Listed, VC and Private Equity environments.

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Andy Horsfield

Experienced leader and manager with a very strong technical and practical background. Managed and built teams developing and delivering technology products, hardware, software, materials and mechanics into consumer markets for augmented / virtual reality and mobile communications.

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Mike Lynch

Accomplished executive with proven leadership and a track record of driving outstanding results in Business Development, Government Affairs, Operations, and Marketing at a Fortune 100 company, the United States Congress, and three privately held high growth technology companies.

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David Grey

Over 30 years experience in optical research and well experienced leading engineering teams. Co-founder of WaveOptics in 2014.

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David Crosby

Scientist and entrepreneur with over a decade’s experience leading research and development teams within the fields of optics and self-adjustable glasses.

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Salim Valera

Over 20 years extensive research in optics and experience leading teams to deliver scientific excellence. Co-founded WaveOptics in 2014.

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Aimee White (née Lockley)
An experienced HR leader comfortable operating within rapidly growing, fast-paced environments.

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