BUSINESS NewSight Reality Announces Proof of Concept for Its Augmented and Mixed Reality Optical Module By Staff Thursday, August 26, 2021 12:15 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—NewSight Reality (NSR), an early-stage developer of augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) technologies, announced that it is actively prototyping and demonstrating proof of concept of its Transparent Optical Module (TOM) for commercial use of augmented reality technology. "Our realized vision for augmented and mixed reality technology opens up a whole new world of possibilities about how these technologies can be applied to improve our lives," said NSR CEO and president Phil Garfinkle. "We're incredibly excited about the future of this space and how TOM will evolve applications for everyday use."VMAIL reported in December, 2020 that New Sight Reality had received a $14 million contract from the U.S. Special Operations Command Directorate of Science and Technology to design and test a functional prototype of the TOM. The TOM is a “generational leap over current AR/MR technology that takes a fundamentally different approach to AR/MR displays,” according to NSR. Bypassing the need for traditional optical combiners, the TOM replaces the light engine and optical engine with a multi-layer hermetically sealed transparent module. Using this method, calibration is required only once at the time of manufacture, a significant difference from many existing traditional AR/MR technology. The TOM is capable of over 80 percent transparency and high light efficiency thanks to the module's direct transparent display that is in close proximity to the eyes; this enables exceptionally low power consumption and daylight operation, the company said. With a thickness as little as 2 millimeters and weight of less than 5 grams, the result is a scalable proprietary transparent module that can be produced with either a flat or curved form factor allowing for simple integration with eyewear of all types: prescription, fashion, and even tactical. The proprietary technology behind TOM allows for practical and dynamic functionality across a variety of different use cases from everyday use to more extreme tactical applications, NSR said. NSR currently has seven patents issued in the U.S.and around the world, with more than 30 more applications pending. NSR's recent contract award from the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Directorate of Science and Technology is helping to drive the advanced development and testing of a prototype of its Transparent Optical Module (TOM). NSR has established national and international partnerships to speed the development, integration, and testing of its near-eye display technology.