A Metaverse coloured by Belgian holographic creations


Swave Photonics, a company based in Leuven, is emerging as one of the world's leading players in the creation of hyper-realistic virtual images. Obviously, it is involved in the Metaverse that is currently under construction...

The Metaverse is the concept of an online 3D universe combining several different virtual spaces that is being discussed more and more. This "new world" that is currently being built is meant to allow its users to meet, work and play together in 3D spaces. Today, some video games offer just a limited glimpse of this experience in the Metaverse. In the near future, a whole new societal world should develop within this virtual universe, generating new segments of genuine economic activity as a result.

Swave Photonics, a company specialised in holography, is already emerging as one of the players at the heart of the Metaverse's development. A spin-off of the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (imec) and the VUB (Flemish University of Brussels), this company, based in Leuven (province of Flemish Brabant), creates images that are visually indistinguishable from physical reality.

Swave Photonics is able to solve complex optical problems through its Holographic eXtended Reality (HXR), developed over the past five years with imec.

Large companies focused on virtual and augmented reality, such as Meta, Google and Microsoft, can use this Belgian technology as part of the development of the next generations of headsets that will offer a very high-resolution visual experience with depth of field and 180 to 360-degree viewing angles.

A Belgian know-how in future technologies that should dazzle the world.