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11 October 2023

Optica recognizes Brelyon with the 2023 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award

Brelyon is awarded for their pioneering of a new category of display technologies

Caption: 2023 Optica President Michal Lipson with Breylon Senior Scientist Christopher Barsi at the FIO+LS 2023 Awards Ceremony.

WASHINGTON—A standard display is a 2-diemsional marvel of color and intensity. To provide the viewer with an immersive 3-dimensional experience requires an additional layer of control over the field of light. Monocular depth perception in a display is a challenge that has now been met through the power of light-field engineering.

Brelyon, a company spun-off from the MIT Media Lab, took a new approach to displays, employing computational wavefront engineering designed to work with the physiology of the human eye. Optica (formerly OSA), Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide, recognizes Brelyon’s innovative engineering with the 2023 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award. They were selected “For introducing the world's first headset-free virtual monitor using computational optics to program the wavefront of the light in large scale.”

"The Brelyon Team truly embodies the scope of this award by not only making technical achievements in optical engineering but also supporting education and public appreciation of optical engineering through workshops, events, talks, courses, and publications," said Michal Lipson, Optica's 2023 President. "We commend them for their outstanding engineering achievements and outreach efforts."

Brelyon’s Ultra Reality™ display is an experience similar to a virtual reality headset, in that the user experiences a 3D environment, without the drawbacks of a bulky wearable device or potential for eyestrain. Potential applications for the display include simulation and training, immersive vehicle teleoperation, and replacing multi-monitor setups.

About the Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award

 The Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award was established in 1989 and named in remembrance of Paul F. Forman, who helped raise visibility for the optical engineering field in 2007. The award recognizes technical achievements such as product engineering, process, software and patent development, as well as contributions to society such as engineering education, publication and management, and public appreciation of optical engineering.

About Optica

Optica, Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide, is the society dedicated to promoting the generation, application, archiving and dissemination of knowledge in the field. Founded in 1916, it is the leading organization for scientists, engineers, business professionals, students and others interested in the science of light. Optica's renowned publications, meetings, online resources and in-person activities fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate scientific, technical and educational achievement. Discover more at:

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