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Vuzix Partners with Austria’s ANYLINE to Deliver Mobile OCR Reading

Augmented reality (AR) smart glasses manufacturer Vuzix, which makes the M100 and M300 models, has recently announced a new partnership with Austria’s ANYLINE to provide owners of the headsets with the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) application.

OCR allows users to read text, whether that’s reading across a room, a license plate on a car, or a gas meter in a manufacturing plant for example, which is then inputted instead of using voice recognition, typing, or button scrolling. ANYLINE demoed the technology using the Vuzix Smart Glasses at the AWE Europe conference in Berlin, Germany last week.

Vuzix M300

ANYLINE is solely focused on fast and accurate text recognition, which can be difficult to accomplish, requiring  higher processor power and camera resolution. ANYLINE will now leverage the new Vuzix M300 to provide this experience at the speed and accuracy demanded in enterprise environments.  The software development kit (SDK) can be adapted to client specific needs, or can be used with several pre-optimized applications.  Current use cases span scanning passports for the United Nations, to reading utility meters for large energy providers.

“We are excited to add the ANYLINE OCR application to the Vuzix developer toolkit. While currently available on the M100 Smart Glasses, the new Vuzix M300 was specifically designed with 3-times the processing power and a significantly higher resolution camera to empower applications like this to deliver the quality and speed required by enterprise,” said Paul Travers, President and CEO of Vuzix.

In September Vuzix began shipping its Design Validation Test (DVT) units of the M300, but only to VIP developers and enterprise partners.

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