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原作者:Dean Takahashi (2017-02-05)    来源:VentureBeat [英文]
安福双    科技    2017-02-06    0评/136阅
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Vuzix公司 了解到当人们想在面部佩戴东西的时候,不想看起来太尴尬。因此该公司致力于生产一款能够增强现实的智能眼镜,该眼镜质地轻盈且佩戴舒适。

总部位于纽约的罗切斯特于2017年一月在拉斯维加斯的一次大型客机贸易展上,公布了其最新款智能眼镜Blade 3000 和M3000。Vuzix公司的首席执行官Paul Travers,在与 VentureBeat 的一次采访中表示,新产品不会太笨重。

该设备采用Vuzix公司的新超薄波导光学技术和眼镜蛇二代引擎,并结合德州仪器数字光处理(DLP)微型显示技术。Vuzix公司表示这些技术将使基于AR的产品采用最小和最轻便的材质成为可能。Vuzix公司的目标是材料重量为2.8盎司,或80克。

第 1 段(可获 1.84 积分)

Paul Travers, CEO of Vuzix, wears the company's prototype AR smartglasses.

以上:Vuzix公司的首席执行官Paul Travers佩戴着公司的AR智能眼镜原型。图片来源:Dean Takhashi

我试戴过智能眼镜的原型。透过眼镜你可以看到人们,就仿佛他们是透明的一样,但是光学引擎能够将图像映射到镜面上,这样就能够让图像和你在现实中所看到的融合在一起。

Vuzix smartglasses

以上:Vuzix智能眼镜 图片来源:Vuzix

“和我们一起,戴上它吧。”Travers说。“你不会感到尴尬的。它可以全天佩戴。也许你会厌倦其他的眼镜。但是你不会厌倦我们的。而且还能使你看到高质量的图像。

第 2 段(可获 1.68 积分)

在这方面有很大的竞争。有很多公司也同样有着创造轻便AR眼镜的梦想。但是也往往有所权衡。为了使图像生动,要有很好的处理能力和显示技术,但这往往又是沉重且昂贵的。

Osterhout设计集团正致力于研究AR智能眼镜的R系列,而且该集团价值1000美元,重约4.5盎司的R-8model即将问世。与此同时,Dligens承诺AR眼镜会提供更为宽阔的视野,会和眼镜片一样薄。

Vuzix致力于科研已经很长时间了。它1997年建立之初,是为美军生产像热武器瞄准器这样的产品。该公司在纳斯达克公开上市,并拥有49项专利和43个专利申请。

第 3 段(可获 1.73 积分)

“It’s not an overnight success,” Travers said.

Vuzix smartglasses have the projector housed in the side bar.

Above: Vuzix smartglasses have the projector housed in the side bar. Image Credit: Vuzix

With Vuzix’s design, the projector assembly is built into the arm, making that part slightly heavier. By contrast, others are putting a “candy bar” on top of the glasses. But Travers said that can make people tired because of the extra bulk.

“If you go house to house as an insurance adjuster, you have to be able to wear it for the whole day,” he said.

Vuzix uses a quadcore Marvell processor and runs Android 5.0. It has 32 gigabytes of memory, ambient sensors, and a microphone. It will also have Google Assistant for voice commands. It uses a waveguide optical solution. Travers is targeting a price of less than $1,000 this year, and maybe $500 in 2018. The device is expected to ship in the second half of the year.

第 4 段(可获 1.95 积分)

Travers said the company is targeting enterprises, which won’t mind the extra cost. That’s because AR could potentially save companies a lot of money in applications like inspecting equipment remotely or using AR to help technicians visualize what they have to do to fix equipment. Telemedicine is also a big target.

“We want to make things practical and usable,” Travers said. “We don’t think that the others have solved all the problems that we have.”

“I think if the industry could make it just like a pair of Oakley sunglasses, half the U.S. would want to buy it,” Travers said.

Intel invested $22.5 million in Vuzix, and the company has raised more than $100 million. Vuzix has 47 employees.

第 5 段(可获 1.55 积分)

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