Nanoveu is developing EyeFyx, a revolutionary mobile device screen technology for vision correction.
EyeFyx is on track to become the world’s first product using nanotechnology to adjust digital display images, so that people suffering from age-related farsightedness (presbyopia) can view images and other content without the need for reading glasses.
EyeFyx consists of software and a screen protector and is being developed in collaboration with leading material, optical and software scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.
The potential market demand for such a vision-correcting screen application is significant. Farsightedness (presbyopia) is one of the most common causes for blurred vision and becomes even more common with age. Virtually everyone over the age of 50 will suffer from presbyopia at some point in their lives.
While EyeFyx technology could be incorporated in a range of digital devices, from tablets and e-readers to cash registers and car dashboards, Nanoveu’s primary focus is to develop a vision-correcting screen protector for global smartphone and tablet markets.
EyeFyx uses special embedded software in combination with nano-imprinting lithography (NIL) to produce a thin-film lens for screen protectors that renders clear images onto the retina of a person with blurred vision. Nanoveu has advanced its research and development activities far enough to begin trials with various thin-film lenses. Its R&D partners at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have commenced tests involving numerous clear films imprinted with different nano-lens structures. The goal is to fine tune the parameters of the lens structure and software combination.
The first set of lenses has been manufactured and testing started in mid-August 2019. This commenced a multi-trial process of refining the nano-optics of the screen protector - a procedure that is expected to last several months. As part of the trial, the researchers will also work on enhancing the complex software algorithms that underpin the technology.
Provided all lab tests are completed on schedule, Nanoveu anticipates end-user trials may begin by mid 2020.
The low cost and flexibility of the NIL manufacturing process means that Nanoveu could rapidly develop new product lines as new phone and tablet models come to market.
Collaboration with Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU):
The research collaboration agreement for the EyeFyx project was signed by Nanoveu and NTU in December 2018. It is scheduled to run until mid 2020.
NTU EyeFyx Team
Dr. (Steve) Cuong Dang is an Assistant Professor at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He received Ph.D. in Physics and M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Brown University, Rhode Island, USA. Dr. Dang’s research on nanophotonics, optical imaging and light wave manipulation has been published and highlighted in top international journals including Nature Photonics and Nature Nanotechnology. The research discovery on spectral decorrelation of speckle patterns through scattering media has been developed to single-shot multi-spectral imaging technology which has caught great attention from both academia and industry. The idea was listed as top 100 scientific spin-off ideas in 2018.
His research and development with QD Vision Inc., Lexington, MA, USA was recognized with the first quantum dot product for solid state lighting: “Quantum LightTM Optic”. Then it has been further developed as "Color IQ", the world’s first high-volume Quantum Dot product for LCD Televisions. Sony’s BRAVIA 4K 65-inch Televisions that use QD Vision's Color IQ were named Best of Show Product at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 with their colour enhancement.
Phil is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He received his Ph.D. in 3D displays from De Montfort University (DMU) in the UK in 2002. Since then he has worked on four multi-million EU-funded 3D display projects as a senior Research Fellow at DMU. In that time he has also been a Visiting Researcher at the National Physical Laboratory and University College London. Phil wrote two of the proposals, MUTED and HELIUM3D where the lead partner was DMU. In 2013 he was invited to Singapore to write the ‘Towards the Reality of 3D Imaging and Display’ proposal. This was successful and resulted in the 5-year, $9m project that finished in 2019.
Dr. (Bill) Chibiao Chen is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He received his Ph.D. from the same school. He received his post-doctoral training from the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA), France. Dr. Chen published papers on wavelets, image analysis, statistical modeling, and machine learning in international conferences and journals. He has more than ten-year’s hands-on experience in developing industrial-strength software for machine vision, motion control, and metrology. He is currently in charge of the algorithm development and performance optimization for the EyeFyx project.