Schott has developed optical glass wafers for augmented reality (AR) applications.

The wafers help double the total internal reflection angle compared to conventional glass wafers, enabling a larger field of view (FOV) in AR devices.

Its RealView wafers give AR device manufacturers the first opportunity to expand the FOV almost to the limit of human peripheral vision.

It said the new technology lays the groundwork for sizeable advances in this transformative consumer tech field.

The wafer manufacturing and optical coating takes place in China, where Schott recently started a joint venture investment with Zhejiang Crystal-Optech.

“Augmented reality should still look like reality,” said Dr. Rüdiger Sprengard, Vice President and Head of Augmented Reality, Advanced Optics at Schott.

"To raise the bar and meet the requirements of this rapidly expanding market, manufacturers need superior optical wafers with qualities a full order of magnitude greater than what has previously appeared on the market.

"It was a challenge Schott scientists and engineers have accepted in the spirit of pushing the limits of process technology and metrology."