Smart glass manufacturer ThirdEye has announced that its wearable X1 model will be updated with the sleeker yet unpublished X2 model. Both devices will be advertised and sold through their partner b8ta, the stationary retail partner.
The company announced the X2, which will be officially unveiled at CES 2019, with near-final rendering an approximately 45-degree field of view, while processors, battery and the usual layout of components for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS in a smaller form factor than the X1 are compressed.
ThirdEye will also be offering VisionEye SDK to developers to build apps for the X2, and the company noted that it is teamed up with a "big maker" to produce and ship the X2
"We look forward to being the first AR eyewear distributor in the country," said Nick Cherukuri, founder of ThirdEye, in a statement , "Our X1 Smart Glasses have received positive feedback from our users, and our upcoming X2 Smart Glasses will have the form factor of nearly one pair of sunglasses, a wider field of view, more AR / MR content, and a built-in SLAM SDK development system and a lower price point for Consumers. "
Initially, the X1 will be on display at Macy's New York store and retail locations in San Francisco and Austin, with availability extended to more stores at a time. According to b8ta, the X1 displays have provided about 850 demos to interested consumers in the company's stores.
"AR is the next big technology platform, and ThirdEye is a leader in the AR / MR enterprise and consumer category with its X1 Smart Glasses and hundreds of cool and useful products, and we're seeing a lot of interest," said Kayvon Banisalam. the director of partnerships at b8ta.
A relatively dark horse among the companies that are pushing to provide augmented reality headsets to consumers, ThirdEye takes small step forward for its own products, but a big leap for the industry.
While the first step is no guarantee that it will become the long-term market leader, the company's recent retail change has created an important strategic model for other augmented reality wearables manufacturers.