WaveOptics and PEGATRON partner to build AR wearables
SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WaveOptics, the leading designer and manufacturer of diffractive
waveguides, and PEGATRON, the world-class manufacturing service
provider, are demonstrating a prototype AiR glasses at both AWE and
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
AiR glasses work by combining three elements: the glasses, a smart phone
and a control band to create a light, easy, and fashionable AR
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 29 – 31 May in Santa Clara as well as PEGATRON Day during Computex
from 28 May – 1 June in Taipei.
David Hayes, CEO at WaveOptics, commented:
“This prototype clearly demonstrates the potential of our
technology with leading manufacturers and the potential for numerous
commercial AR applications.
“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.”
Steve Huang, CTO at PEGATRON, said:
“The partnership with WaveOptics opens up great possibilities in
the wearable AR market. 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
WaveOptics is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of
diffractive waveguides, the key optical component in wearable augmented
reality (AR) devices.
AR wearables, such as smart glasses, enable users to see
computer-generated images overlaid on top of the real world. There are
two key elements that allow these images to be seen – a light source
such as a minute projector and a means of transferring the image from
the projector into the user’s eyes.
WaveOptics’ waveguide technology transfers the light waves from the
light source and projects them into the user’s eye. The technology
produces a large eye-box, binocular viewing and a high field of view.
The eye-box (the viewing window) is the size of the AR display from
which the full image is visible. WaveOptics’ waveguides deliver crisp,
undistorted text as well as stable imagery.
WaveOptics technology is designed to be used for immersive AR
experiences in Industrial, enterprise and consumer markets. The Company
aims for its waveguides to be the core optical component used in all AR
wearable devices, driven by its unique technology and expertise, which
enable unparalleled manufacturing scalability and visual performance as
well as versatility for numerous applications.
PEGATRON Corporation was founded on January 1, 2008. With abundant
product development experience and vertically integrated manufacturing,
we are committed to providing clients with innovative design, systematic
production and manufacturing service in order to comprehensively and
efficiently satisfy all of our customers’ needs. PEGATRON features a
solid R&D team, friendly, fast service quality as well as a high degree
of employee cohesion. Furthermore, we have combined EMS and ODM
industries to become an emerging Design and Manufacturing Service (DMS)
company. Consequently, we are able to offer industry-leading,
state-of-the-art products and profitable business opportunities for our
Suzie Smith, Chief Marketing Officer