Vuzix® (“Vuzix” or, the “Company”), a supplier of Smart Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technology and products, announced a breakthrough in optical waveguide design and performance for see-through AR smart glasses. Vuzix INCOGNITO technology virtually eliminates the forward eye glow typically associated with waveguide-based smart glasses. It is the first waveguide-based technology in the world to achieve this level of performance. Light leakage out the front surfaces of these AR smart glasses that are found with current industry solutions, including any potential haze and virtual images, virtually disappear with this advancement.
Based on Vuzix intellectual property, which now exceeds 325 patents and patents pending focused on displays and waveguides, Vuzix INCOGNITO technology manages internal light reflection and thus minimizes and manages forward light leakage within a waveguide, enhancing low light optical performance and significantly advancing Vuzix’ already forward light ratio of 1:8. Vuzix INCOGNITO technology thereby improves the contrast of virtual images in the AR glasses and interaction with the external environment. These refinements have been accomplished with no increases in Vuzix’ manufacturing cost per waveguide. This new game-changing waveguide functionality will be targeted for introduction into certain of the Company’s defense, industrial, enterprise and ultimately broader consumer applications.
“Vuzix INCOGNITO technology makes the tech in a pair of AR smart glasses, or any other waveguide-based head-mounted display, virtually disappear. User privacy is greatly increased as this technology practically eliminates the ability for any other observer to know that you’re viewing displayed content on your device,” said Paul Travers, President and CEO of Vuzix. “While this is a highly desirable feature for consumer use, it represents critical functionality for certain military applications, where forward light in defense situations can quickly compromise the safety of ground troops and military personnel. We look forward to incorporating Vuzix INCOGNITO technology into both our standard and customized waveguide solutions as we concurrently begin to ramp waveguide production at our new high-volume, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Rochester NY area.”