Last year, enterprise-focussed augmented reality (AR) hardware company Vuzix began a partnership to create a new Windows-based smartglasses system for Toshiba. The two companies have now unveiled the product as mass production begins.
The device is branded as Toshiba/Vuzix dynaEdge AR100 smart glasses, and is designed to connect directly to the Toshiba DE 100 Mobile Mini PC, which is a smart belt-worn unit that powers the smartglasses through a USB type-C cable.
The system has been designed to allow Windows 10-based remote support using an application called Vision DE Suite, a custom application which lets workers and technicians communicate with other other using text, video and audio in order to collaborate and solve issues.
The dynaEdge smart glasses display weighs less than two ounces and can use the left or right eye for a monocular display, depending on user preference. A range of mounting options are also available, so the glasses can be mounted on safety glasses or hard hats.
“Over the past year the team at Vuzix has done a remarkable job at executing against an aggressive project timeline for Toshiba to bring to market the world’s first Windows-based smart glasses. In just over a year we have successfully gone from design on a paper napkin to commencing volume production. Our shift into high volume manufacturing and deliveries of our Vuzix co-branded AR smart glasses product for Toshiba represents a strong vote of confidence in our capabilities and recognition of our leadership position within the wearable technology space,” said Paul Travers, President and Chief Executive Officer at Vuzix.
“Vuzix’ ability to develop and manufacture a new class of smart glasses for Toshiba within an aggressive set of timelines was remarkable. We are also very impressed with Vuzix’ line of smart glasses and other technology that the Company has in development and look forward to continued collaboration between the companies,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing and product development for Toshiba Client Solutions Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.
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