This week Vuzix signed a deal with Jade Bird Display on the co-development and cross-supply of solutions incorporating superbright microLED display engines and Vuzix waveguides. Under the agreement, Jade Bird Display will provide microLED displays and Vuzix will provide newly developed proprietary waveguides and display engine optics to work with these displays.
The complete systems and components will be sold by both Vuzix and JBD to their customers, and both parties have agreed to supply to each other on a priority allocation basis, subject to limitations to ensure Vuzix is able to satisfy its own branded product requirements. Both monochrome and RGB microLED display solutions are actively being developed for use by Vuzix in its NGSG products and for JBD customers. These are expected to be the world's smallest microLED display engines when commercially released and will use Vuzix latest monolithic single layer waveguides, with both glass and plastic options expected to be available.
At CES 2021, PC and phone maker Lenovo has also launched smart glasses aimed at office workers. The ThinkReality A3 glasses link to a PC or a Motorola mobile phone via a USB-C cable to enable users to position multiple, large virtual monitors in their field of view and use Windows software tools and applications.. The glasses are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 Platform and feature stereoscopic 1080p displays presenting the user with up to 5 virtual displays. An 8MP RGB camera provides 1080p video for remote expert use cases while the dual fish-eye cameras provide room-scale tracking.