ARfusion™ platform and NANOWEB® Transparent 5G Antennas enable immersive mobile XR experiences by combining on-device advanced visualization, 5G, and edge to cloud data transfers
HALIFAX, NS / ACCESSWIRE / June 1, 2022 / Meta Materials Inc. (the “Company” or “META®”) (NASDAQ:MMAT), (FSE:MMAT), a developer of high-performance functional materials and nanocomposites, today announced the demonstration of the patent-pending, world’s most transparent antenna in prescription lenses for Extended Reality (XR) applications at AWE USA 2022 in Santa Clara, CA. Transparent antennas for 5G and other frequency bands will be one of a wide range of functionalities which can be embedded into ophthalmic lenses using the ARfusion™ automated lens casting system. META will also deliver two presentations on June 1st and June 3rd: Automated Lens Casting Embedding Multi-Functional Metasurfaces for AR Displays, with Dr. Jonathan Waldern, and A Renaissance for Free Space Combiners, with Dr. Andrew Mark.
META has developed NANOWEB®, a transparent and highly conductive metal mesh film, which is used to create optically transparent antennas. The antennas can be designed to operate at any frequency and can then be embedded into the ophthalmic lenses to maximize transmission and reception, reduce power consumption, and enable 5G bandwidth for edge to cloud computing. IDTechEx forecasts that by the end of 2032, the revenue generated by consumer mobile services will be approximately $800 billion.
“5G is paving the way for a fully digitalized and connected world. 5G is redefining and accelerating industries such as automotive, entertainment, computing, and manufacturing, and will ultimately change the way we work and live. META’s patented multi-functional nanomaterial solutions are designed to fundamentally improve the capability and performance of XR and other devices, accelerating mass market adoption, enabling more use-cases, and drawing in more users, towards ubiquity,” said George Palikaras, President and CEO.
5G connectivity directly offers several benefits: 100x more bandwidth, 10x decrease in latency, enhanced display resolution and wide field of view, telepresence for hands free expert support, eye tracking and seamless interaction with cloud-based AR applications, for example, bringing detailed information on demand to objects in the environment.
“We developed this 5G reference design using a completely transparent printing process, thus collapsing cost. Such a large invisible antenna in each eyeglass enables excellent reception, supporting interactive AR audio/video and eliminating the power consumption and bulk of additional electronics embedded in the glasses frame,” said Jonathan Waldern, META’s Chief Technology Officer.
META’s ARfusion™ platform combines precision cast lens fabrication tools with functional nanomaterials. Recognizing the growing need for user prescriptions in AR eyewear, META has created a platform that allows developers to integrate waveguides and associated smart technologies into thin lightweight prescription glasses. ARfusion™ allows many smart technologies including waveguides, microdisplays, holographic components, liquid crystal and electrochromic foils, antifogging films, eye tracking devices, eyeglow suppression films, and antennas to be seamlessly integrated within smart lenses. The ARfusion™ fabrication process requires few steps, and is scalable, versatile, and cost-effective.
Booth 219, Santa Clara Convention Center
Live Technology and Product Demos
Thursday, June 2nd, 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday, June 3rd, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Automated Lens Casting Embedding Multi-Functional Metasurfaces for AR Displays
Jonathan Waldern, Chief Technology Officer
Wednesday, June 1st, 4:35 PM – 5:00 PM, Mission City Ballroom – Main Stage
A Renaissance for Free Space Combiners
Andrew Mark, Director of Photonics
Friday, June 3rd, 3:05 PM – 3:30 PM, Grand Ballroom H – XR Enablement
The prize of functional, lightweight, all-day wearable smart glasses remains as elusive as ever. The missing linchpin component is the optical combiner which must reconcile the conflicting requirements of see-through quality, display performance, light weight, efficiency, prescription compatibility, and aesthetics. META’s approach to AR optical combiners is based on a free space architecture enabled by holographic optical elements. Combined with ophthalmic compatible ARfusion™ lens casting technology, the result is a monolithic combiner that provides extraordinary optical efficiency, ophthalmic grade see-through clarity, and the prescription and aesthetic properties that opticians, consumers, and regulators expect from eyewear. META’s One-Stop-Shop approach to individualization circumvents many of the concerns around eyebox size and manufacturability.
About Meta Materials Inc.
META® delivers previously unachievable performance, across a range of applications, by inventing, designing, developing, and manufacturing sustainable, highly functional materials. Our extensive technology platform enables leading global brands to deliver breakthrough products to their customers in consumer electronics, 5G communications, health and wellness, aerospace, automotive, and clean energy. Our nano-optic technology provides anti-counterfeiting security features for government documents and currencies and authentication for brands. Our achievements have been widely recognized, including being named a Lux Research Innovator of the Year in 2021. Learn more at www.metamaterial.com.
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