WaveOptics, a designer and manufacturer of diffractive waveguides, and Pegatron, a manufacturing service provider, are demonstrating a prototype AiR glasses at both AWE and Pegatron Day.
WaveOptics and Pegatron have also formed a strategic partnership to develop AR wearables for the rapidly developing AR market.
AiR, Pegatron’s latest AR glasses prototype, is being developed in partnership with WaveOptics to meet the needs of three main categories of application—industrial, medical, and commercial. The glasses can provide instant AR experiences for professionals across various fields such as technicians, facilities maintenance technicians, doctors, and business executives.
AiR glasses work by combining three elements: the glasses, a smart phone and a control band to create a light, easy, and fashionable AR experience.
The AiR glasses weigh 136g, with binocular 40 degree field of view, and can fit users without the need to take off prescription or other glasses.
The prototype is also equipped with hot-swappable battery modules to provide consistent power transfer, a key feature in AR wearables.
The AiR prototype is being demonstrated at AWE (Augmented World Expo) from May 29-31 in Santa Clara as well as Pegatron Day during Computex from May 28–June 1 in Taipei.
“This prototype clearly demonstrates the potential of our technology with leading manufacturers and the potential for numerous commercial AR applications,” David Hayes, CEO at WaveOptics, said in a company news release. “We are now starting to see real traction in the development of products incorporating our technology for the AR market. Pegatron’s prototype ‘AiR’ is an excellent demonstration of how our leading technology can be used.
“Pegatron have a track record of delivering high quality products and are known for their design and consumer driven focus. We are delighted to be working with their team and look forward to the collaboration with them,” Mr. Hayes said.
“The partnership with WaveOptics opens up great possibilities in the wearable AR market,” Steve Huang, CTO at Pegatron, said in the news release. “The innovations Pegatron delivers undoubtedly need great support from strategic partners; with this joint development, we can better develop our AR innovations, which will benefit our industrial and consumer end users.’’
WaveOptics’ waveguides are designed for superior optical performance and mass manufacture. The patented waveguide technology allows the creation of a large viewing window to experience AR, providing an immersive AR experiences for industrial, enterprise, and consumer applications.
AiR has a 30-layer convolutional neural network (CNN) designed to achieve face recognition in 10 ms by AI edge devices, with 99.5% accuracy on LFW. AiR also has object detection, for better privacy and efficiency, which is enabled by a self-designed 26-layer convolutional neural network. All AI services are completed in 30 ms by AI edge devices.