August 07, 2019

North delivers stylish smart glasses with the help of OpticStudio

North delivers stylish smart glasses with the help of OpticStudio

Headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Zemax customer North builds products that change the way people see and interact with the world. Its latest offering is Focals smart glasses, launched last year, now selling in showrooms across North America. Focals are a pair of what North calls “everyday” smart glasses. The wearer can use them to text, get turn-by-turn navigation, manage their calendar, DJ their favorite playlist, and more. 

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July 30, 2019

Top four ways having multiple instances of OpticStudio improves design efficiencies

Top four ways having multiple instances of OpticStudio improves design efficiencies

Since the latest release, OpticStudio users on a subscription license can now run up to eight independent instances at once. Until recently, the maximum number of instances was just two. Now, OpticStudio users with a subscription license can utilize up to 4 instances on our Professional plan and up to 8 instances on our Premium plan. Associate Product Manager Akil Bhagat says customers are reporting that multiple instances are already helping them deliver stronger design solutions, faster.

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July 24, 2019

Zemax has received CPD Accreditation

Zemax has received CPD Accreditation

We are delighted to announce that Zemax training courses have received accreditation by the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) certification service

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July 17, 2019

From protecting ships to avoiding blind spots: modeling and using the Fresnel lens

From protecting ships to avoiding blind spots: modeling and using the Fresnel lens

In the BBC article, “The invention that saved a million ships,” the author chronicles how and why physicist Augustin Fresnel in the 1820s invented what would become one of the most well-known and practical lenses today. 

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June 13, 2019

Designing solar panels, LEDs, and more where stray light is critical to operation

Designing solar panels, LEDs, and more where stray light is critical to operation

In some cases, stray light is unwanted—but in others, it’s critical to the application’s operation. Some examples include solar panels, backlights, LEDs, or even plain old lightbulbs. All those applications involve rays that go in many directions, so they need to be designed in three-dimensional space. The same goes for complex prisms, corner cubes, and light pipes. 

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