Deep Optics is the inventor and pioneer of novel electronic lenses technology, with a mission to transform the world of vision correction and lead it to the era of dynamic optics. The company had developed a cutting-edge liquid-crystal (LC) based lenses technology, addressing the growing need for dynamic vision correction, primarily in the markets of progressive eye-glasses and Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) headsets. Our fully-transparent, non-moving-parts, ultra-low-power LC lenses, allow fast and seamless change of optical prescriptions during use. The most crucial element for revolutionizing the progressive glasses market as well as many other human vision aid systems.
Presbyopia is a condition that occurs during the natural aging process of the eye. With age, the eye exhibits a progressively diminished ability to focus on near objects. The first signs of presbyopia are usually expressed between the ages of 40 and 50. To cope with presbyopia, people can either use several sets of corrective eyeglasses, each designed to focus at a different distance (not a very practical solution), or use a single pair of progressive eyeglasses. In the case of progressive eyeglasses, the field of vision is segmented in order to enable varying viewing distances.
Each distance has a narrow field of view, and in areas where segments overlap, an optical distortion is created. This condition causes significant discomfort: in order to see properly, people need to move their entire head, instead of just moving their eyes. The result is that users inevitably experience a long adaptation period and suffer from headaches and physical distress. Another unfortunate outcome is that many users simply fail to adjust to using these glasses, and give them up altogether.
Deep Optics is developing Omnifocals, the first ever dynamic focal eyeglasses. The eyeglasses are equipped with our cutting-edge technology sensors that detect the viewing distance and control the lens so that it adjusts its optical power automatically and effortlessly. Our proprietary Liquid Crystal lens is large enough to cover the entire field of view of the eyeglasses and has the ability to electronically change its focal power.
This allows for a clear view of both near and far objects without compromising the field of view. Thanks to the sophisticated lens, the entire field of view is used for viewing all distances and angles, giving the wearer a constantly sharp and clear image – the same viewing ability that a healthy eye naturally allows.
In Virtual Reality, all Virtual objects are displayed at different virtual distances from the viewer, but the device’s projecting system uses static optics that’s unable to synchronize the optical signal with the varying distances. Similarly, in Augmented Reality, all digital data is displayed as an overlay applied to reality. Most AR systems display this overlay at a fixed focal plane regardless of the contents virtual depth.
This discrepancy, also known as Vergence-Accommodation Conflict (VAC), frequently results in blurry vision, fatigue, nausea, eye strain and other symptoms of physical discomfort. In these cases, Deep Optics’ dynamic lens technology can be applied to bring the user’s vergence and accommodation reflexes to an agreement, alleviating the negative side effects and providing a superior, comfortable and immersive experience.
Deep Optics’ adaptive lens is based on Liquid Crystal, a birefringent material that has a different refractive index for different light polarizations. Liquid Crystal molecules change their orientation under electric voltage. By applying different voltage profiles to a liquid crystal layer, it is possible to control the effective refractive index of different areas of this layer. In order to achieve high precision control over the liquid crystal layer, Deep Optics has developed a unique Liquid Crystal panel, similar to an LCD, with a very high resolution, transparent electrode grid. This dense electrode grid enables the application of high precision voltage profiles over the liquid crystal layer, without sacrificing transparency, or other optical properties. The result is a single panel that can implement many lens prescriptions, dynamically – positive and negative prescriptions, at a large diopter range and unlimited accuracy (not limited to 0.25D steps). The center of the lens can also be controlled in real-time; it can be positioned anywhere in the panel, and moved across the panel dynamically.
Alex is an experienced researcher (for over 15 years), specializing in image processing and optics. He is the founder of Dblur, a start-up company that improved the performance of digital cameras and was sold in 2009. He holds a BSc in Physics (from Tel Aviv University) and MSc in Physics (from the Weizmann Institute).
Saar is a serial entrepreneur of technology ventures. He founded Fraud Sciences (acquired by PayPal/eBay for $169 million), Trivnet (acquired by Gemalto for $35 million), PointGrab (market leader in gesture control), and six more companies currently in early stages of development.