Vuzix Corporation, a supplier of Augmented Reality (AR) display technology for the enterprise applications will develop waveguide-based head-mounted display (HMD) for use in aircraft. Vuzix has signed an agreement with an unnamed ‘global Tier-1 Aerospace firm’ to customize this HMD into a commercial avionic application.

Under the terms of this agreement, Vuzix and its customer have embarked on a multi-stage development program with agreed upon milestones and payments. The first stage of this program is for approximately $250,000 and is expected to be completed this fall. The program calls for the integration of a custom display engine utilizing and modifying the company’s existing waveguide-based wearable display technology.

Subject to a final approval and acceptance from the customer of the first phase, Vuzix expects to receive follow-on orders from this customer, to finalize the product’s development and hard tooling necessary to ultimately deliver commercial volumes of the custom waveguide systems as early as the second of half of 2019 for this customer’s commercial avionics solution. Head-mounted pilot displays are currently available mostly for combat pilots.

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[wlm_ismember]In the past four years, the technology is migrating to the commercial avionics market, in the form of wearable displays available from Elbit Systems and Thales. Vusix’ recent move represents the first entry of wearable display specialist into the avionics market. As a supplier of smart-glasses and augmented reality (AR) technologies since 2005, Vuzix holds 59 patents and 42 additional patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field.[/wlm_ismember]

“We are excited to enter into this partnership and believe it represents a strong vote of confidence in our capabilities and recognition of our leading position within the waveguide optics technology space,” said Paul Travers, President, and Chief Executive Officer at Vuzix. “Additionally, the agreement demonstrates how Vuzix is able to leverage and partner our industry-leading optics technology with top-tier global partners across a variety of vertical markets including commercial avionics.”


Vuzix Blade AR Smart Glasses. Photo: Vuzix

Vuzix launched its latest product, Blade AR Smart Glasses at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2018. Blade AR provides a wearable smart display with a see-through viewing experience utilizing Vuzix’ proprietary waveguide optics and Cobra II display engine. The device weighs about 80 grams and provides the wearer with a sizable virtual screen and a brilliant pallet of colors via a thin, see-through lens. The display features adjustable field-of-view location, and brightness, and is prescription ready, enabling any wearer both indoors and out to enjoy a comfortable visual experience. The Vuzix Blade is paired seamlessly to Android or iOS phones and enables individuals or workers to leave their phone in their pocket while visually presented with location-aware content driven by the user’s phone, offering the wearer heads up and hands-free mobile computing and connectivity.[/wlm_ismember]