Packaging the AX12


The latest shipment of the Akari® AX12  is going out. The orders were packaged by hand with a methodical assembly-line style. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the packing process.



Here are all of the pieces that go into the packaging. On the top left is the AX12 Owner’s Manual. The top middle is the insert card, which has the product information and company logo. On the top right is the clam-shell packaging that the product goes into. Below we have the USB charger. Next to it is the button that will turn the visor on and off. The visor insert is on the left, and below is the installation template.



First, the charger and the button are both placed into the clam-shell, which has special compartments for them.



The insert card opens up, and the Owner’s Manual, installation template, and visor insert are tucked inside.



The filled insert is placed on top of the charger and button, and the clam-shell is closed. It is then sealed and ready for shipment.

SID Symposium Digest of Technical Papers Vol. 47

75-4: Distinguished Student Paper: A High-Ambient-Contrast Augmented Reality System


We report a compact, yet high ambient contrast ratio augmented reality system by incorporating a tunable transmittance liquid crystal cell and a thin reflective polarizer. Moreover, if we replace the reflective polarizer with a functional reflective polarizer, the system would benefit those users with color vision deficiency.

Journal of the Society for Information Display Vol. 24

High-ambient-contrast augmented reality with a tunable transmittance liquid crystal film and a functional reflective polarizer


We have proposed a compact, yet high ambient contrast ratio augmented reality (AR) system by incorporating a tunable transmittance liquid crystal (LC) cell and a thin functional reflective polarizer. The broadband polarization-independent guest–host LC cell can change the transmittance from ~73% to ~26% with merely 8 V. Its response time (~50 ms) is at least 10× faster than that of photochromic materials used in commercial transition glasses. Combining the LC cell with a light sensor, the tunable transmittance LC cell can efficiently improve the ambient contrast ratio of the AR system under different lighting conditions. Meanwhile, the functional reflective polarizer works similarly to a polarizing beam splitter, except that it is much more compact and lighter weight. With some modification, we also designed a functional reflective polarizer to help people with color vision deficiency.

History of the ILCS

The History of the International Liquid Crystal Society from 1990-2015.


“The International Liquid Crystal Society has now been in existence for 25 years. It has established itself as an organisation that promotes and supports liquid crystal science around the world. This article chronicles the foundation of the Society, and gives a brief account of the history of international conferences on liquid crystals.”