While Vuzix is enhancing the processing power of its next-generation smart glasses with the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1, the company will also be providing its devices with an improved display engine.
The smart-glass manufacturer announced today at the Augmented World Expo The waveguide optics are coupled with Plessey Semiconductor's Quanta-Brite microLED light source developed specifically for Vuzix. Company spokesman confirmed that Quanta-Brite will be included in next-generation Waveguide-based products, including the next version of Blade smartglasses
The combination cuts the size and weight of the optical system of Vuzix wearables by half. Quanta-Brite also provides increased brightness output with improved battery efficiency, reduced cost and manufacturing complexity.
"Plessey's Queste-Brite microLED technology can be a key factor in the future of augmented reality," said Paul Travers, president and CEO of Vuzix, in a statement. "The very high luminescence of the Quanta Brite light source not only enables highly efficient, energy-saving and small illuminance, but also enables the development of end products with a slimmer form factor, which is a key factor. The result of our waveguide-based smart glasses is crucial for the Market launch. "
Combined with the powerful and efficient Snapdragon XR1, Vuzix expects better battery life and higher AR content for the next smart goggles. Likewise, the newer components contribute to a slimmer form factor.
Plessey uses a proprietary gallium nitride-on-silicon construction to deliver brighter and more uniform light for improved energy efficiency and light output in a smaller footprint
"This development with Vuzix, the leading provider of augmented light Keith Strickland, Plessey's Chief Technology Officer, said, "Reality eyewear of the next generation is an important validation of Plessey's GaN-on-silicon microLED approach." "The monolithic microLED technology is fast becoming the only one offering high luminance in a very small form factor with minimal power consumption required to reduce costs and enable lightweight battery powered products for a range of new consumer and industrial applications." 19659002] Between the company's two announcements this week, Vuzix faces the most flaws in the augmented reality wearables industry in making devices that appeal to consumers. With a sleeker design, longer battery life, better performance, and lower cost, Vuzix is taking a big step toward turning that enterprise utility into mainstream appeal.