San Francisco, CA—A technology developed by Zeiss makes it possible to utilize transparent glass or plastic in a whole range of different ways. The see-through surfaces, with integrated, invisible microstructured optics, permit a range of applications. As a result, the smart glass enables innovations like gesture recognition, face detection or eye tracking without any visible optical systems.
In addition, there are plans to use the glass in smart homes. Thanks to their technology, glass window panes can assume monitoring tasks both inside and outside the home. They’re also capable of filtering sunlight, measuring the temperature and displaying a host of information.
“You can use any size of glass you like with any number of functions,” explained Dr. Alexandre Gatto from Zeiss Microstructured Optics. “The smart glass will soon be able to illuminate, identify, filter and project. It’s a fantastic innovation that could do great things in augmented reality and in the automotive industry.”
The company will showcase this innovation as part of an exhibit at the SPIE Photonics West trade fair, February 5–7, 2019 in San Francisco, California.
Zeiss is an international technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In the previous fiscal year, the Zeiss Group generated annual revenue totaling more than 5.8 billion euros in its four segments. They include Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology, Consumer Markets and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology.
Zeiss also produces leading lithography optics, for use by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. In addition, Zeiss products are used in camera lenses, binoculars and eyeglass lenses.
With approximately 30,000 employees, Zeiss is active in almost 50 countries. It operates 60 of its own sales and service companies, more than 30 production sites and 25 development sites.
Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation is the sole owner of the Carl Zeiss AG holding company.