Lumus and Deep Optics Partner on Smart Glass Displays With Dynamic Focus Technology

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REHOVOT, Israel—Two Israeli tech companies, Lumus and Deep Vision, are partnering to incorporate dynamic focus displays into smart glasses. Lumus, a top developer and producer of transparent AR displays, announced that it is collaborating with Deep Optics, a pioneer in novel electronic lenses, to incorporate dynamic focus technology in Lumus AR optics.

By layering the Deep Optics lens over its own lens, Lumus will enable AR glasses to “seamlessly deliver an equally clear view of both close and far content, without compromising its wide field of view, without image distortion—and without significantly changing the size and weight of smart eyeglasses,” the companies said in a statement released Wednesday.

Augmented reality eyewear displays a transparent overlay over the user’s environment, with the AR digital data typically viewed at a fixed focal plane; the viewer can focus on faraway content, but not closer objects. The new strategic partnership eliminates that limitation by combining Lumus’s optical technology with dynamic, LC-based lens technology developed by Deep Optics, enabling smart eyewear that automatically provides a sharp, clear view of both near and far objects from any distance or angle at all times.

“We’re excited to join forces with Deep Optics to demonstrate dynamic focal technology in advanced AR optics,” Lumus CEO Ari Grobman said. “Without adding any noticeable weight or bulk to Lumus’ sleek optics, Deep Optics dynamic focal lenses bring an even more lifelike viewing experience to a comfortable and functional solution for the consumer market.”

Deep Optics co-founder and CEO Yariv Haddad says that the partnership leverages “a great fit between the exceptional optical technology Lumus has developed and our own innovative liquid-crystal based lenses technology. By continuously aligning the focal plane with the content depth, we’re able to provide the most realistic and crisp AR viewing experience. We’re delighted to play a key role in revolutionizing the augmented reality experience, which perfectly complements our mission to address the need for dynamic optics in the world of vision correction.”

Deep Optics is working separately on developing dynamic focus eyeglass lenses. Essilor is an investor in the company, which is based in Petach Tikva, Israel.