Handheld spectrometer

Optimising the light in your environment


  • Design engineering
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Aesthetic refinement
  • 3D modelling
  • Manufacturing support
  • Optical integration
  • Functional prototyping
  • Electronic component design


  • industrial


Design Award

WaveGo sought OPD's help to develop the first handheld spectrometer that connects to a smartphone offering quick, versatile and highly accurate light characterisation.

the challenge

Architects and engineers depend on spectrometers to make informed decisions about lighting, materials and overall aesthetics in building design.

OPD helped WaveGo design the first handheld spectrometer that connects to a smartphone.


OPD was responsible for industrial and mechanical design, electronic and software engineering, prototyping, validation and transfer to manufacture while Wave Illumination, an internal startup within Ocean Insight, brought their expertise in the requirements of the optical system.

the results

The device’s timeless design was inspired by the craftsmanship of Swiss watches and vintage cameras. Elements such as the rotating cover and automatic shutter hint at the complexity and precision inside the device.

The design of the handheld spectrometer WaveGo is a successful symbiosis of timelessly elegant aesthetics and contemporary ease of use.

Red Dot Jury
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