LensVector: making beam-shaping happen

According to the archives its been four years since I was first introduced to Lensvector® – though I admit it seems longer than that. The circumstances were these: I was chairing a Lux conference (don’t ask me which one – if I knew that I’d know the exact date, and I’m not quite that anal) and a stranger came up to me with something that I needed to see. I’m thinking “look, I’m chairing a conference and I really can’t deal with anything else right now.” So – a bit of a fob-off with “Let’s talk again at the end of the day” and promptly walked away. A little voice said “that was a bit rude, John. Don’t forget to do what you said.” And that’s how it began.

My first view of LensVector

The stranger turned out to be Tom Killick, VP Business Development and co-founder of LensVector® and that chat at the end of the conference was probably one of the most exciting moments of my professional life. Because what Tom wanted to show me was something that I’d never seen before – an adjustable light beam, at MR16 scale, with no moving parts. I mean, WHAT!?!?!

Since then, I’ve got to know the LensVector® team, running into them in events at Frankfurt, Rotterdam, California, London and, most recently of course, across the Zoom platform. As the LensVector® message has got out into the industry its been great to see the technology featuring in the projector ranges of a growing number of companies.

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Of course, it was inevitable that the technology was going to find a broader market and it’s been fascinating to see which industries are realising the potential of LensVector® beam-shaping.

Automative: developing novel solid-state optics for adaptive forward light systems, heads-up displays, tail-light applications and on-the-fly light management systems.

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Medical/Ophthalmic: dynamic scanning in endoscopy, laparoscopy and miniature microscopy, Ophthalmic lenses with almost diffraction limited aberrations, providing continuous 20/20 vision from near to far conditions.

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  • Extended Reality (XR): the technology enables smaller, faster and more wearable XR solutions with dynamic focusing and steering of light.

And, back on safer ground (for me at least), we can now celebrate the application of LensVector® within a range of architectural projectors. Here’s a recent video from Remote Controlled Lighting (RCL) demonstrating the practical use of beam-shaping within the galley environment.

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I’m looking forward to The Light Review featuring a lot more information about LensVector® and the lighting companies using their technology in the coming months.

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