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Optics Transforming AR, Wearables and Beyond

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The likes of Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and other corporate giants are embracing the central role of optics in numerous ways, from the development of foldable displays to quantum computing.

VALERIE C. COFFEY, SCIENCE WRITER, [email protected]

The sea change of optics usually moves gradually, but today we are on the precipice of rapid change. As in the past, optics continues its coupling with other nonoptical technologies — fabless semiconductor manufacturing, microelectronics, nanotechnology, materials processing and software programming. Optics still plays a central role in a complex whole. What’s new is the attention and investment from corporate giants including Apple, Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft and Samsung. All are planning to be involved in numerous ways in forthcoming optics-based technologies, which...Read full article

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