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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“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.”