Ardeje, Thales Avionics LCD
The ophthalmic industry is being reshaped by innovations in both technology and materials science. Thanks to recent developments in microtechnology, active lenses with advanced light filtering and dioptric correction properties--and which can also better adjust to eyeglass wearers and their environment--are now just around the corner. The Verre Digital project will set a new standard for lens performance and test viable solutions for eyeglass makers with breakthroughs in technology, product development, and production costs. The project, led by Essilor International and carried out in association with Ardeje, Thales Avionics LCD, and CEA-Leti, will create a Grenoble-based innovation ecosystem for next-generation technology for the ophthalmic industry.
The basic idea is to create a functional pixelated layer on a flat surface that can subsequently be transferred to a curved surface. The method will use both structural and functional materials and involve five steps: pixelating the surface; adding the functional materials; sealing the surface; generating the active substances; and cutting and transferring the pixelated layer onto a curved surface. The project team will develop and test the technology on a photochromic lens and a more complex advanced function lens. They will create the necessary technology bricks one by one, and combine them into a single, integrated system.