Less than a full day into CES 2021, and it appears that evidently sensible glasses are very a lot shaping up as a pattern. I wrote a few pair of AR glasses from Lenovo aimed toward enterprise purposes yesterday, and some different firms have popped up within the meantime, with numerous ranges of “smartness” included.
Vuzix’s newest fashions are nonetheless a number of months away, however they appear to be one of many extra promising we’ve seen on the present up to now. The firm is finest recognized for its business-focused options — that, in spite of everything, is the place all the cash is — at the very least till somebody affords a extremely profound breakthrough within the client class.
These in all probability aren’t that (if I needed to guess, I’d look extra carefully at choices from larger client electronics firms), however they do appear to be a step in the best path, when it comes to an providing that bakes augmented actuality right into a presentable kind issue. It looks as if AR glasses that seem like common eyeglasses is the best hook right here. There are clearly differentiating elements right here, however the next-gen glasses look rather a lot nearer to plain eyewear than what we’ve seen prior to now.
That’s due in no small half to a partnership with Jade Bird Display, which is able to assist commercialize the Chinese firm’s microLED tech. Jade Bird describes it thusly:
JBD affords energetic matrix inorganic microLED show chips and panels with wavelength starting from UV to seen to IR. The pixel pitch ranges from 400 dpi to 10,000 dpi with a varity of resolutions. With excessive brightness, excessive EQE, excessive reliability, these panels are perfect for AR, VR, HUD, projector, weapon sights, 3D printing, microscope, and many others.
The module, which initiatives a monochrome stereoscopic picture, is roughly the dimensions of a pencil eraser, in response to Vuzix’s description. The firm says the glasses can be out there in quite a few configurations, together with Wi-Fi and non-obligatory LTE. All will function stereo audio system and noise-canceling mics.
No phrase on value, however Vuzix says they need to hit the market this summer season.