Light-guide optics will make smart glasses less ugly

Scientists at VTT Technology Research Center in Finland have developed displays that can transform the look of smart glasses. The new displays are thin, lightweight and look much more familiar than the current screens in high-tech glasses.

The combination of faster processors and improved power consumption will one day allow smart glasses to become popular. They will be able to control household appliances, and in the future, completely replace mobile phones, smartphones and electronic tablets. However, for this to happen, the glasses of the future must take on a more familiar look and get rid of the image of a "device for geeks".

This will help a new technology called light-guide optics. According to the scientists involved in the development, displays created using this technology will be as transparent as possible, have a thickness of 1 mm and, most importantly, will be able to be built into any glass.

To prove the theory in practice, Dispelix has already created a test display that generates an image within the user's field of view. The image size is perceived as if you were watching a 60-inch TV from a distance of three meters. For reference, that's roughly double what Google Glass has to offer.

Dispelix is ​​currently working with industrial partners to launch mass production of displays. The first deliveries are planned to begin next year.