Halide Emulsion Labs Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of Halide Emulsions for HOE (Holographic Optical Elements) using the latest in available technology and applying unique, proprietary production techniques. Leonhard Schuko is the Executive Chairman of Defense and Security Products, and Engineering Manager.
Halide Emulsion Labs began in December 2013. They have expertise in holography, optical, and mechanical engineering disciplines, and over 40 years of combined experience providing state of the art solutions across multiple market segments including automotive, aerospace, and the department of defense.
They have worked with international customers to develop products used in augmented reality systems and solar heating panels. They were also on display at Best Defense London 2017.
Leonhard has a Doctor’s degree in Science and is an aeronautical electronic designer by practice. Although aeronautical electronic designing seems unrelated to holographics, it was through his work for NASA that Leonhard discovered his passion to develop colour holographics: “My goal was to make a colour hologram, which in the 70’s -the beginning of holography- was impossible. We spent about over 20 years developing technology and one day we made colour holograms”, and as they say, the rest is history.
Leonhard jokingly shared, “my daughter is my boss”. His daughter, Angelika, handles the administrative side of the business.
Halide Emulsion Labs work solely with commercial businesses. They have worked with various companies such as Bayer to develop commercial applications for holography.
After retiring from Magna, Leonhard was approached by Raytheon; a developer of gun sight technology, and THS to discuss the possibility of creating new motion and technology in the development of holographic weapon sight. In Leonhard’s words, “it was kind of the beginning, and 4 years later the product has been made”.
Leonhard’s vast knowledge in holographics, optics, and mechanical engineering has allowed him to develop a modern holographic design for use on large caliber weapon platforms. A company named APEX will soon be producing the Holographic Gun Sight, for commercial markets.
When asked how his business has changed or progressed through the years, Leonhard explained that the “industry is always changing by demands and trends”. He added, “We’re kind of going along for the ride, with how trends or companies move”.
Although Halide normally works with large companies, they still work with various artists to create content.
What’s Leonhard’s vision for Halide and Holography?
“Holography is kind of new thing. Theoretically, they knew holographics could be made, but there was no equipment and technology to make them. In the 60’s and 70’s, the first holograms were developed. It’s actually a very young science. I think the future will be much more in holography. To this day people have difficulty grasping what a hologram is.
Maybe not now, but 20-30 years from now you will have interfacing with holograms everywhere, from optical data storage to memorial optical computers, all kinds of things.
You’ll see lots of changes in the next 10 years. So technology like iPhones or computers will be obsolete because if you have a holographic system you can project keyboards, you do not need to create any of those mechanical things because you will have it. It’s just a matter of time, the world always changes and it’s actually going around holography.”
Why is Halide different?
“There are a couple companies who are in holography, but for some reason, all the roots are coming up here. I think we are the only ones producing the most advanced holographic and motions for recording. Our holograms are the only place in the world where you can see real, true color holograms. There is actually nobody else besides us. There are some photographic and motion companies, but the significant difference is when you’re looking at holographic recordings, you think you are looking at the object, you don’t think you are looking at a hologram. We are the only ones in the world, we take customers from Japan, Europe, the United States and more.”
What would Leonhard like to share?
“It’s a thing of the future, in the next 20 years young people like you will be living with holograms. It’s difficult to go and learn about holography but have an open mind and interest because there will be more and more things coming slowly.” Leonhard has created many great holographic materials, but his most favourite creation is something he created more than 10 years ago, a hologram of the Faberge Egg.
We can’t wait to see what innovative solution Leonhard comes up with next!
Contact Info: Halide Labs, Inc. 211 Lovell Street, Glencoe, ON N0L1M0 (519) 719-9156 info@HalideLabs.com
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