How we solve the two main challenges of AR wearables

Innovation at our core

Our nano-photonics pioneers work hand-in-hand with experts in consumer technology mass production. This is the critical combination that sets us apart. Together we’re delivering the core optical technology to ensure wearable AR becomes an everyday reality.

Our Technology Stages



Constant innovation is our forte. We have over 50 patent families granted. Our scientists and engineers are actively involved in New Technology, Optics, Computational group, Product & Capabilities, Waveguide Physics, Waveguide Modelling and more.



Our Engineering team comprises the majority of our personnel across Optics, Electro Optical Systems, Mechanical Design and Program Management.



Our team employ wide ranging measurement and characterisation procedures to confirm the key design parameters have been met.



We have a proven track record of manufacturing our patented optical engines at scale and will increase our production levels in 2022 with new in-house capabilities and clean rooms.

We unlock the potential of augmented reality for the mass market by designing ground-breaking optical engines.

Diffractive waveguides deliver clarity and image quality whilst also being designed for suitable for mass production.

Our projectors match our waveguide specifications in order to ensure the best possible AR image creation.

All designed in-house for customers who are ready for a large scale roll out of their product.

Advanced Waveguide Technology

Driven by R&D since day one.

WaveOptics was founded by three engineers who were design authorities for a large multi-national company. Their specialised experience in head-up and near eye displays proved to be a perfect foundation on which to build a technology company.

WaveOptics development cycle

When we develop a new waveguide design, we follow a closed development loop which allows us to continuously improve the design. Once the waveguide has been designed, WaveOptics has developed a software tool to simulate its function based on a hybrid model that uses robust coupled wave analysis (RCWA) and ray tracing.

Our tool incorporates both geometric information of our structures as well as the properties of the materials we use. Once the simulation is complete, the waveguide is fabricated using our custom mastering and nano-imprinting methods which very accurately implement the design.

The prototype and production waveguides are then subject to characterisation tests. We use in-house designed instrumentation to measure key parameters such as efficiency, luminance and colour uniformity and contrast.

After characterisation tests, the design is improved based on the feedback and the loop is repeated. The closed loop development cycle and WaveOptics’ in-house tools have two key advantages, namely a reduction in the number of fabrication cycles and the confident prediction of the outcome of customisation.

See our production process