BELLEVUE, Wash. — Innovega Inc.
,a company working on the development of wide field of view and stylish lightweight display eyewear, announced this week that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued two notices of allowance to the company. These are additional notices that complement 11 U.S. patents already issued to Innovega, the company said.The tech company said its portfolio of patents will help it develop products that allow wearers “to merge the digital and real world, providing an uncompromising augmented and mixed reality experience that goes beyond anything else that is available.”
Innovega said its wearable system combines contact lenses (or surgically implanted lenses) with stylish glasses. “This combination gives the user a discreet, high-performance entertainment and information experience,” the announcement noted.
“We are uniquely positioned to solve the optics problems that have limited the usability of wearable display technology to date,” Innovega chief executive officer Steve Willey said in a statement. “When you couple our advanced innovation with a market ripe to embrace wearable display technology, you have what every tech company aspires to obtain.”
Innovega noted that the Patent Office’s new “allowances” relate to two patents. The first, “Method and Apparatus for Constructing a Contact Lens with Optics,” relates to a contact lens with regular vision correction optics and a central lenslet that enables focusing a display in the spectacle plane, as well as a light-polarizing filter that blocks display light from the surrounding region. The second allowance, “Contact Lens,” claims methods of regulating water vapor transmissibility while maintaining oxygen transmissibility in ultra-high oxygen permeable lens materials, according to Innovega’s announcement.
Willey was a featured speaker at the 2012 VM Global Leadership Summit in New York, as VMAIL reported
, where he addressed the potential applications for contact lens-enabled HD/3D video eyewear.
According to Innovega, analysts have forecast that wearable display sales will reach up to 100 million units in 2020 and another forecast, by Technalysis, predicts that the “smart glasses/headworn wearables” category will hit $13.5 billion in 2020.