Smartglasses maker Vuzix has come up with the first hardware powered by the Snapdragon XR1 chip, about nine months after Qualcomm introduced the chipset designed to drive increased reality wear on the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara.
On Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Vuzix presented the M400 model of its corporate group of smartglasses, which will benefit from the energy-efficient XR1 and its AR-specific features, such as an embedded AI engine to crush data like object recognition, voice commands, motion tracking and head tracking.
"Snapdragon XR1 is the first dedicated XR platform from Qualcomm Technologies targeting the class of devices that Vuzix has mastered. Vuzix's focus on portability, experience and form factor combined with XR1will drive smart glass to the next level," says Hugo Swart. Head of XR at Qualcomm Technologies, in a statement.
"Qualcomm Technologies is a strong believer in the smartglass segment for the company. We look forward to seeing our cooperation with Vuzix help scale adoption in business and become a regular device that helps increase productivity in the new era of AI and immersive computing. "
Vuzix expects the next generation of smart glasses to enter the volume production this summer, with pricing and other details like follows in the spring. Failing a price tag, as the M300 sells at $ 999 and the M300XL sells for $ 1499, it is believed that the company would not deviate far from these price indices.
While Vuzix has not revealed many details in the device with this message, the company noted that the M400 will run on Android and will include USB C Thanks to the XR1 chip, customers can expect improvements in each category. For example, last year Vuzix announced that its next-generation smart glass would include an upgraded light engine (the component that generates visual AR content) from Plessey
"The Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform with built-in intelligence intelligence capabilities offers a platform with enhanced interactivity, power consumption and heat efficiency, "says Paul Travers, Vuzix's President and CEO.
"The Vuzix M400 Smart Glasses were designed to be best in class in business and equipped with Qualcomm's XR1 processor; greater memory profile; better noise interruptions a multi-finger touchpad, built-in GPS and more … Performance improvements also mean that for less Process-intensive applications are also expected to consume much less power. Qualcomm Technologies has been an excellent partner for Vuzix and we look forward to expanding our relationship to support the burning AR smart glass market. "
At the original XR1 message, Vuzix and Rate the first companies to confirm their plans to adopt the chipset with other reports linking a developed Google AR / VR headset to XR1. Given Meta's current state, it is not surprising that Vuzix is the first company out of the gate with XR1 in tow.
And while Vuzix has made surprises for the consumer segment with its Blade smart glasses, the company has not forgotten that its bread and butter are corporate customers. With Microsoft running hard on the hoop focusing on corporate companies with HoloLens 2 and its Dynamics 365 apps in an already crowded field, it benefits Vuzix to iterate on its own hardware as well.
But will the equivalent of a heads-up screen suffice for Vuzix to c with Microsoft's leap forward in the software capacity of HoloLens 2? It is up to the company's decision makers and prayer counters to decide.
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