Rapid developments in the utility and performance of consumer electronic devices drives demand for materials that can offer new functionality and competitive advantages.
There is growing interest from the Augmented Reality (AR) community in controlling ambient light transmission (by ‘Active’ means) through transparent display surfaces, such as Head Mounted Displays. Depending on the application, existing technologies can have limited effect (e.g. slow response times, in the case of Photochromics, or high power consumption of Liquid Crystals).
Conducting Polymers are a class of materials combining the electrical properties of metals and semi- conductors, with the mechanical flexibility and light weight character of traditional polymers.
As with many advanced materials, the primary concerns from industry routinely relate to the technical and economic challenges to scale. Through a patented fabrication process, initially developed for automotive products, UniSA overcomes this with GammaTintTM.
This technology is ideal for immersive platforms, such as AR Head Mounted Displays, where the digital image overlays compete for contrast against changing, ambient light conditions.
GammaTint is currently being optimized for use on a range of curved plastic substrates, with options to reduce the tint profile to a sophisticated pixel matrix.
The intellectual property associated with this technology is patent protected.