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ALL PAST & FUTURE EVENTS AS WELL AS MASTERCLASSES WITH A SINGLE ANNUAL PASS

AR, VR, and MR Vision Systems: Innovations, Promising Start-Ups, Future Roadmap

26-27 July 2023
1:30pm - 7pm

CET:

Virtual Event

TechBlick’s online event on 26-27 July 2023 will cover innovations and prototypes/products in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mixed-reality (MR) vision systems. It is a unique event covering all key technologies from lens and waveguides to microdisplays and other display technology to novel patterning and manufacturing techniques to eye tracking and machine learning/AI techniques. In parallel, it seeks to highlight interesting display prototypes and products in development or recently unveiled. 


It is a unique global (online) forum bringing together innovators from around the world, including material developers, manufacturing pioneers, promising start-ups, and leading OEMs and display designers and makers. 


The event seeks to advance the art, further helping the industry develop display platforms matching the exceptional performance of human vision while keeping the near-eye display module compact and lightweight. 

Themes: Augmented reality (AR) | Virtual Reality (VR) | Mixed-reality (MR) | Waveguides | Eye Tracking | MicroLEDs | Microdisplays | MicroLEDs | Heads-Up Displays | Near-Eye Displays
holographic optical elements (HOEs) |Lithography enabled devices | Liquid Crystals | Metasurfaces | See-Through Displays | Waveguides | Nanoimprinting | Metalens | Wearable Displays | MEMS Scanning Displays |Eye Tracking | Foveated rendering | 3D Depth Sensing | Smart Glasses | Projection-based AR | Lens-based displays | Motion Tracking | Computer Vision | Holographic Displays | Optic Materials | Low Dispersion Materials

Leading global speakers include:
STMicroelectronics
Addoptics
Magic Leap
KGOnTech
Cambridge Mechatronics
poLight
Lusovu
Applied Materials
PHABULOuS
FlexEnable
OptoFidelity
Tsinghua University
Inkron
Creal
Yole Dévelopment
The University of Arizona
Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR)
3D Micromac AG
Mirage Hyperchromatica GmbH
EV Group
Maradin
TruLife Optics
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The times below is Central European Times (CET).

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26 July 2023

TechBlick

Wednesday

Welcome & Introduction

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1.20PM

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Khasha Ghaffarzadeh

Welcome & Introduction

1.20PM

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26 July 2023

Yole Dévelopment

Wednesday

A Market Overview About AR & VR: Are They Bound To Grow?

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1.30PM

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Zine Bouhamri

Team Lead Analyst

A Market Overview About AR & VR: Are They Bound To Grow?

1.30PM

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26 July 2023

Tsinghua University

Wednesday

Holographic displays for AR/VR systems

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1.50PM

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Liangcai Cao

Professor

Holographic displays for AR/VR systems

1.50PM

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26 July 2023

Lusovu

Wednesday

HIDO for MR displays

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2.10PM

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Ivo Yves Vieira

CEO

HIDO for MR displays

2.10PM

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26 July 2023

poLight

Wednesday

Tunable optics for AR/VR applications

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2.30PM

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Jon Edwards

VP Business Development

We explore applications for tunable optics in AR/VR systems, looking at both camera and display applications. Features of several variable optic systems are discussed, and a piezo based tunable optic is presented.

Tunable optics for AR/VR applications

2.30PM

We explore applications for tunable optics in AR/VR systems, looking at both camera and display applications. Features of several variable optic systems are discussed, and a piezo based tunable optic is presented.

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26 July 2023

Break & Networking

Wednesday

Break & Networking

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2.50PM

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Break & Networking

2.50PM

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26 July 2023

Maradin

Wednesday

LBS in AR Glasses

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3.35PM

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Meni Yehiel

System Engineer and Product Manager

LBS in AR Glasses

3.35PM

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26 July 2023

Mirage Hyperchromatica GmbH

Wednesday

New methods for generation of multifocal images for AR Head-Up Display applications

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3.55PM

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Ilya Titkov

Research & Development Manager

Current multifocal Augmented and Extended Reality (AR & XR) technologies make use of headwear and pointing devices. Such devices usually can cause discomfort due to vergence-accommodation conflict (VAC) or spatial mismatch between virtual and real objects. The mismatch happens because of different motion parallax values among other things.
These adverse effects create safety and usability concerns in many applications, especially in automotive space where fast moving objects must be highlighted and processed.
We review different technologies and methods to generate multi-focal images and contrast them to a novel technique of hyperchromatic imaging. This technique is based on optics with strong chromatic dispersion that separates images generated by lasers with different wavelengths in 3-dimensional space.
Hyperchromatic imaging methods can generate multi-focal images with only passive components and reduce the VAC creating more inclusive and safe AR applications, as well as reducing reaction and focusing times, compared to existing solutions.

New methods for generation of multifocal images for AR Head-Up Display applications

3.55PM

Current multifocal Augmented and Extended Reality (AR & XR) technologies make use of headwear and pointing devices. Such devices usually can cause discomfort due to vergence-accommodation conflict (VAC) or spatial mismatch between virtual and real objects. The mismatch happens because of different motion parallax values among other things.
These adverse effects create safety and usability concerns in many applications, especially in automotive space where fast moving objects must be highlighted and processed.
We review different technologies and methods to generate multi-focal images and contrast them to a novel technique of hyperchromatic imaging. This technique is based on optics with strong chromatic dispersion that separates images generated by lasers with different wavelengths in 3-dimensional space.
Hyperchromatic imaging methods can generate multi-focal images with only passive components and reduce the VAC creating more inclusive and safe AR applications, as well as reducing reaction and focusing times, compared to existing solutions.

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26 July 2023

3D Micromac AG

Wednesday

Laser cutting for separating waveguides for AR devices

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4.15PM

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Thomas Kießling

Area Sales Manager

As the production of waveguide-based AR devices becomes increasingly industrialized, the design and robustness of waveguides are coming into sharper focus. Ultrashort pulsed lasers are promising for achieving scalable free-form cutting with high precision and strength. However, optimizing the laser process parameters and material compositions of high-index glasses poses a challenge for achieving optimal glass strength. To address this, SCHOTT AG and 3D-Micromac AG have developed a separation process prioritizing high and predictable bending strength. It has been integrated into a modular machine concept that can be scaled from lab to mass production use. This presentation introduces the first fully-automated machine solution for cost-effective free-form cutting of high-index glass used for AR waveguides. The presentation shows how different process, handling, and quality inspection modules provide high flexibility and scalability in this laser micromachining solution.

Laser cutting for separating waveguides for AR devices

4.15PM

As the production of waveguide-based AR devices becomes increasingly industrialized, the design and robustness of waveguides are coming into sharper focus. Ultrashort pulsed lasers are promising for achieving scalable free-form cutting with high precision and strength. However, optimizing the laser process parameters and material compositions of high-index glasses poses a challenge for achieving optimal glass strength. To address this, SCHOTT AG and 3D-Micromac AG have developed a separation process prioritizing high and predictable bending strength. It has been integrated into a modular machine concept that can be scaled from lab to mass production use. This presentation introduces the first fully-automated machine solution for cost-effective free-form cutting of high-index glass used for AR waveguides. The presentation shows how different process, handling, and quality inspection modules provide high flexibility and scalability in this laser micromachining solution.

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26 July 2023

OptoFidelity

Wednesday

Testing the Image Quality and Latency Performance for Immersive AR Experience

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4.35PM

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Murat Deveci

Director, Global Sales and Business Development

Creating a fully immersive augmented reality experience can be challenging due to the need to tailor the optical engine to the human visual system. This requires reliable mechanics and cutting-edge optical technology. During this presentation, I will explore different methods of optical metrology that can assess image quality at various stages, such as the waveguide combiner, individual modules, and fully assembled systems. Furthermore, I will address how to tackle the challenges of testing end-to-end motion-to-photon latency for cloud-streaming virtual contents.

Testing the Image Quality and Latency Performance for Immersive AR Experience

4.35PM

Creating a fully immersive augmented reality experience can be challenging due to the need to tailor the optical engine to the human visual system. This requires reliable mechanics and cutting-edge optical technology. During this presentation, I will explore different methods of optical metrology that can assess image quality at various stages, such as the waveguide combiner, individual modules, and fully assembled systems. Furthermore, I will address how to tackle the challenges of testing end-to-end motion-to-photon latency for cloud-streaming virtual contents.

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26 July 2023

Break & Networking

Wednesday

Break & Networking

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4.55PM

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Break & Networking

4.55PM

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26 July 2023

PHABULOuS

Wednesday

The power of free-form micro-optics for AR /VR / MR applications

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5.40PM

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Jessica van Heck

Managing Director

The power of free-form micro-optics for AR /VR / MR applications

5.40PM

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26 July 2023

Magic Leap

Wednesday

Building High Performance, Scalable Waveguide Combiners

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6.00PM

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Scott Carden

VP of Eyepiece Engineering

Magic Leap’s vertically integrated waveguide combiner production solution has enabled a revolutionary AR display, scaled with high yield and low cost. This presentation will examine the strategy and key capabilities needed to manufacture large field of view diffractive waveguide combiners with high efficiency, contrast, sharpness, and color uniformity. Magic Leap’s team of optical designers and process engineers have continuously redefined design rules and evolved diffractive waveguide designs with proprietary diffractive waveguide design tools in combination with proprietary Jet and Flash Imprint Lithography (J-FIL) Technology based on custom formulated, in-house imprint resist, low-cost sub-masters, and custom high-precision equipment. Precision engineers designing custom equipment, in collaboration with a team of process engineers utilizing statistical process techniques, deliver robust process capability, low-cost process solutions that cannot be sourced anywhere else in the world. To ensure consistent high-volume production, Magic Leap relies on our deep understanding of the correlation between optical and process performance measured through rigorously designed optical test equipment running custom algorithms. This vertical integration from design to high-volume manufacturing allows us to deliver high-performance, low-cost waveguide combiners on a rapid timeline.

Building High Performance, Scalable Waveguide Combiners

6.00PM

Magic Leap’s vertically integrated waveguide combiner production solution has enabled a revolutionary AR display, scaled with high yield and low cost. This presentation will examine the strategy and key capabilities needed to manufacture large field of view diffractive waveguide combiners with high efficiency, contrast, sharpness, and color uniformity. Magic Leap’s team of optical designers and process engineers have continuously redefined design rules and evolved diffractive waveguide designs with proprietary diffractive waveguide design tools in combination with proprietary Jet and Flash Imprint Lithography (J-FIL) Technology based on custom formulated, in-house imprint resist, low-cost sub-masters, and custom high-precision equipment. Precision engineers designing custom equipment, in collaboration with a team of process engineers utilizing statistical process techniques, deliver robust process capability, low-cost process solutions that cannot be sourced anywhere else in the world. To ensure consistent high-volume production, Magic Leap relies on our deep understanding of the correlation between optical and process performance measured through rigorously designed optical test equipment running custom algorithms. This vertical integration from design to high-volume manufacturing allows us to deliver high-performance, low-cost waveguide combiners on a rapid timeline.

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26 July 2023

Applied Materials

Wednesday

Leveraging semiconductor mass production techniques for AR/VR optics

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6.20PM

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Wayne McMillian

General Manager

Leveraging semiconductor mass production techniques for AR/VR optics

6.20PM

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26 July 2023

Break & Networking

Wednesday

Break & Networking

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6.40PM

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Break & Networking

6.40PM

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27 July 2023

TechBlick

Thursday

Welcome & Introduction

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1.20PM

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Khasha Ghaffarzadeh

Welcome & Introduction

1.20PM

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27 July 2023

Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR)

Thursday

Metaoptics for near-eye and holographic displays

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1.30PM

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Ramon Paniagua Dominguez

Program Leader, Scientist

Metaoptics for near-eye and holographic displays

1.30PM

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27 July 2023

Creal

Thursday

Advances in light field display

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1.50PM

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Tomas Sluka

CEO & Co-Founder

For Augmented Reality to spread and reach common usage levels, the visual experience needs to be entirely healthy and natural for the user. This is why CREAL has developed a unique AR display that combines light field imagery with ordinary highly transparent ophthalmic lenses, providing a true-to-life depth perception for the human eye and a customizable prescription with the classical aesthetic look of the lenses. While almost all AR glasses providers today are lumbered with trade-offs between focal depth, image resolution, and lens aesthetic, CREAL’s newest display finally enables an AR visual experience that “has it all”. This talk with introduce how.

Advances in light field display

1.50PM

For Augmented Reality to spread and reach common usage levels, the visual experience needs to be entirely healthy and natural for the user. This is why CREAL has developed a unique AR display that combines light field imagery with ordinary highly transparent ophthalmic lenses, providing a true-to-life depth perception for the human eye and a customizable prescription with the classical aesthetic look of the lenses. While almost all AR glasses providers today are lumbered with trade-offs between focal depth, image resolution, and lens aesthetic, CREAL’s newest display finally enables an AR visual experience that “has it all”. This talk with introduce how.

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27 July 2023

FlexEnable

Thursday

AR Ambient Dimming films and other flexible LC Optics for AR/VR

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2.10PM

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Paul Cain

Strategy Director

Liquid Crystal Optics technologies are key to improving the optical performance of AR/VR headsets, providing a wide variety of functions that improve viewer comfort and/or immersion, such as tunable lenses, and ambient dimming. For example, in see-through AR, Liquid-Crystal based ambient dimming can be employed to ensure sufficient contrast of projected virtual images in bright environments, particularly when the projected objects need to appear dark. In general, and depending on the selection of LC material and architecture, liquid crystal cells can steer, modulate and even focus light.

Liquid crystal cells have been made on glass for years, but for many applications, glass is not desirable because of its weight, thickness, fragility, or lack of conformability. Thinner and lighter LC solutions are needed, particularly in applications such as varifocal lenses and ambient dimming for AR/VR.

With a focus on AR ambient dimming, we will describe the flexible LC optics platform technology we have developed, its attributes and applications, and how this compares to other approaches. Based on ultra-thin TAC (Tri Acetyl Cellulose), with and without OTFT functionality, these active optical films are extremely thin and light and can be 3D (biaxially) formed or stacked together to create powerful and combined functions.

AR Ambient Dimming films and other flexible LC Optics for AR/VR

2.10PM

Liquid Crystal Optics technologies are key to improving the optical performance of AR/VR headsets, providing a wide variety of functions that improve viewer comfort and/or immersion, such as tunable lenses, and ambient dimming. For example, in see-through AR, Liquid-Crystal based ambient dimming can be employed to ensure sufficient contrast of projected virtual images in bright environments, particularly when the projected objects need to appear dark. In general, and depending on the selection of LC material and architecture, liquid crystal cells can steer, modulate and even focus light.