The new reference kit will be based on ST’s Laser-Beam Scanning technology and Quanta’s AR eyewear design and manufacturing capabilities. It will be developed to promote faster development of OEM products.
The two companies will work together to develop the optical, electronic, and photonics design to allow the volume manufacturing of AR smart glasses that are all-day-wearable. The reference design will integrate and build upon the expertise of the members of the LaSAR3 Alliance into small, light-weight, and fashionable AR glasses. The new glasses will b able to operate at extremely low power and provide a good Field-of-View (FoV) with a large eye box, while provide the opportunity of value-added customization.
“The simultaneous and spirited efforts of ST within the LaSAR Alliance to develop AR eyewear applications and with Quanta to create a foundational reference design emphasize our ambition to be an important contributor to the growth of AR,” said Benedetto Vigna, President Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group, STMicroelectronics. “With Quanta, we are working with a team that shares our excitement and complements our expertise, to assure we collectively meet the challenges of incredibly cool, low-weight and -power smart glasses with large field-of-view and eye box.”
“Imagine smart glasses that are as comfortable to wear as your regular eyewear or sunglasses, yet deliver directions as you approach an intersection, explain exhibits when you look at them in a museum, or remind you of the name of familiar face coming toward you, and you’ll appreciate why we see so much value in contributing our design-for-manufacturing expertise to work with ST and its LBS-based solution,” said C.C. Leung, Vice Chairman and President, Quanta Computer.
The reference should be available in Q1 2021.