The recent industry whispers in augmented reality are mostly about Apple and its rumored fashion-friendly smartglasses.
On Monday, a representative for Vuzix shared part of a recent investor presentation with Next Reality. SmartGlasses & the Android Copies to Follow
• Do not Miss: The Future of Apple Augmented Reality Smartglasses & the Android Copies to Follow  In fact, the smartglasses look about as normal as you can when you consider the fact that they contain components for viewing virtual content. The only telltale signs of embedded tech are the slightly thicker than normal arms on the frames, which are likely to be unnoticeable by all but the most studied followers of cutting-edge AR wearables.
Vuzix's next moves.
One of the partners involved in the new device is Plessey and its microLED technology ] That relationship is largely based on the use of Plessey's Quanta-Brite technology, which is an "advanced and proprietary gallium-nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si) technology, with an integrated monolithic array of RGB pixels with advanced first level micro-optical elements. "
"[Plessey’s] microLED technology represents a key part of the next generation of smartglasses to the future Paul Travers, Vuzix's CEO, said in a statement when they announced the partnership in May.
An early leak from a self-described investor on Twitter earlier this month gave eagle-eyed AR insiders a hint of what might be coming, but now Vuzix has just confirmed that they are indeed the next look for the company's smartglasses l ine. Next Reality has confirmed that they'll post the full investor presentation on the Vuzix website in the coming days.
Design-wise, the new model is certainly a step up from the Vuzix Blade, which has recently been discontinued in price (another hint at a new model in the offing). The Vuzix Blade is sleeker than most, but still has the look of a pair of stylish safety glasses.
The design upgrade puts Vuzix North, a startup with a lot less experience in the field, and fewer identifiable relationships in the enterprise space. But if the new battleground is the consumer space, the two brands are effectively starting to equal footing in the terms of their average mainstream consumer. Therefore, the key here will be execution, pricing, and support.
In nearly every category, Vuzix and its experienced team would seem to have the advantage. But even that advantage may be short-lived.
Until then, Vuzix has lifted the stakes, and now the pressure has increased for even the likes The Future of Augmented Reality Mainstream Adoption
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