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Lumus Announces New Augmented Reality Development Kit, the DK-50

Virtual reality (VR) is having a big week at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Oculus Rift has finally launched pre-orders while the HTC Vive has also unveiled a new development kit in the form of the Vive Pre. But VR is far from the only head-mounted display (HMD) technology present at this week’s show, with augmented reality (AR) also playing a large role. With that in mind, Lumus has announced a brand new AR development kit in the DK-50 Development Kit.

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This pair of AR glasses includes a range of features with the help of a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that runs an Android OS. It boasts real-time mapping of areas allowing a user to move in all directions, a 40 degree field of view (FOV) and 720p resolution. It can also turn any Android smartphone into a remote control for the device using a mouse-like interface. It also features twin stereo cameras and an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). Shots of the kit are not yet available.

“The DK-50 represents a significant achievement that combines the finest optical display in the market with the latest industry-leading marker-less AR tracking,” Lumus CEO Ben Weinberger says. “We’re extremely proud and excited to introduce the first and only optical display technology that enables smart eyeglasses to deliver a truly believable AR experience. Lumus technology makes it completely achievable right now to generate a large-scale, high-resolution, bright virtual image, with a lightweight wearable eyeglass display.”

It’s not yet clear when the kit aims to become commercially available. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all AR hardware.