The Race Toward Technology Leadership Among AR OEMs

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3Q 2018 | IN-5232


Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses Get Upgraded to Target Consumer Market


The Blade smart glasses announced by Vuzix at MWC 2018 have received certifications from both the United States and the European Commission in July 2018, allowing shipments to developers. Vuzix’s smart glasses lineup is mostly focused on the enterprise and industrial markets, but moving forward, the consumer market will become a significant driver of AR hardware development. Vuzix has developed mobile applications around social media, navigation, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and HD photography and videography. The Blade utilizes Vuzix’s own waveguide optics and features Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology, which offers advantages in brightness as compared to conventional refractive and reflective optics.

As OEMs continue to enhance their smart glasses, the industry will move away from mobile device-based AR. At the moment, AR on mobile devices is growing in capability quickly, which impacts smart glasses usage. It is expected that around 1.4 billion mobile devices will be AR-enabled by 2023, versus 30 million smar…

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