Israel’s outsized prominence in the fields of optics and electro-optics is no optical illusion. In the early 1970s, when physicist Abraham Katzir was a graduate student at Hebrew University, his supervisor urged him to get into optics, the study of light. The future, he predicted, was all about lasers and optical fibers.
In mixed reality technology, which includes virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), there are some companies that you cannot avoid watching. They include most of the world’s biggest, richest and most innovative personal tech companies.
Lumus shows that mixed reality glasses are coming in next year or two that are as thin as Snap's Spectacles. This company makes the best optics I have seen. Here is an article on the new 55-degree viewing angle optics it announced at CES: https://www.facebook.com/uploadvr/posts/1219474908135612 You see it in videos here from its suite at CES.
This year at CES, augmented reality captured a little more attention than virtual reality. The main focus of AR at CES was hardware, optics, and mobile solutions. If there was one thing in common, is that companies are now striving for minimization of the hardware necessary for AR. These are the top AR tech innovations of CES 2017.
The company showed the Maximus prototype for AR glasses with a 55-degree field of view at CES 2017, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week.
Augmented reality glasses company Lumus is announcing two new prototypes, one of which is designed to appeal to “casual everyday users.” The Maximus and Sleek designs, on display at CES, aren’t being directly released as products. But they’re designed to be licensed and released by other companies, and Lumus says we should see some consumer-focused prototypes from its customers over the next year.
Drones, autonomous vehicles, finance, augmented reality, medical devices and mHealth are among fields in which Israel is coming on strong.
Things are starting to heat up in augmented reality, and with recent stumbles from juggernauts like Magic Leap, it is still anyone’s race. That is good news for companies like Israel-based AR startup Lumus Ltd., which has just closed an impressive $45 million funding round.
Augmented reality (AR) display maker Lumus Ltd. said on Monday that it raised $30 million in funding from a group of investors including Quanta Computer and HTC. This cash will be bundled with the $15 million in funding it received from investment firm Shanda Group and Chinese photo-electric component maker Crystal-Optech during the summer to create a $45 million Series C investment round.
Lumus, a developer of technology for augmented reality, said on Monday it has completed a $45 million funding round with an additional $30 million from investors including Taiwan's Quanta Computer and consumer electronics firm HTC.
The company is making augmented-reality glasses
Like many startups that have been in the AR space for more than a couple years, Lumus got its start building tech for the military where its optics technology was integrated into the helmets of Air Force fighter pilots. Today, the Tel Aviv-based AR display company is beginning to shift its attention towards consumer and enterprise customers as it places a major bet on smart glasses devices representing the next major computing wave.
Murky, turgid waters are about to become much easier for divers to navigate. Helmets used by the US Navy will soon come equipped with smart eyewear to let divers view real-time sonar, text messages, schematics, photographs, and videos. This is possible through a burgeoning technology known as "augmented reality," which projects digital information onto real-world objects.Called Diver Augmented Vision Display (DAVD), the new prototype is the result of a partnership between the Navy and Lumus, an Israel-based company that has previously developed heads-up displays for the Air Force. The DAVD display will help with ship repair, underwater construction, and search or salvage missions.
With each of the six biggest global consumer technology companies now deeply invested and feverishly in development, VR/AR has become too big to fail.
Whatever problems I've had, companies are proving that things can change. Among its various oversized designs at CES 2016, optics company Lumus had a pair of glasses that felt practically made for my head. And after my less-than-ideal haptics demo, the creators promised to work on something that would fit me. I can't wait to try it out.
For augmented reality to be really effective, it needs to be immersive. That's why Google Glass, with its tiny eyebrow-facing screen, was so uninspiring, and the binocular Microsoft HoloLens has so much promise.
Field of view might be the Achilles’ heal for augmented reality devices like Microsoft’s HoloLens, but better optics might be incoming to address that. Lumus brought its latest stereo-vision AR headset prototype, the DK-50, to CES this year, complete with two transparent eyepieces that give a digital upgrade to a significantly larger portion of your vision.
These days, it’s hard to stand out in the smart glasses category. There are many underwhelming products coming to market now and many more that, while extravagant, seem to be caught in the “forever-coming-soon” stage. It’s therefore refreshing to see a real live demo that really delivers.
You might have never heard of Lumus, but it's likely that the companies making the smart glasses of the future will. You see, Lumus is a display optics company that has traditionally made its tech for combat aviation, but has recently branched out into the nascent world of augmented reality. Last year, it debuted the DK-40, a developer kit that packs in its optical engine tech into a relatively compact pair of frames. At this year's CES though, Lumus is unveiling the DK-50, which adds way more features: A wide 40-degree field-of-view, binocular 720p vision, plus a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that runs none other than the Android operating system.
You may not have heard about Lumus Optical, but the company is ready to make a splash in the wearable technology world, after being on the outskirts for several years. However, while you may not ever wear a set of Lumus-branded glasses, you may eventually wear a pair containing Lumus’ technology. The firm wants to sell its products to other companies, which will then incorporate it in their own models.
You may not know the name Lumus now, but expect to be hearing a lot from them in the future. When we first met the Lumus rep Ari Grobman two years ago he showed us some amazing technology. It was basically an augmented reality display embedded into a standard lens that could fit into a standard pair of glasses. The 720p model displayed a binocular image at near HD quality right in front of your face, allowing you to watch movies, play games, and even interact with mobile devices on a screen floating in mid-air.
Imagine a pair of Smart Glasses that you didn't need to fondle just to dismiss notifications, or worse, speak out loud to like a crazy. It's that exact thought that brought Lumus and eyeSight together.
This has a large display that is in your direct line of sight instead of above your eyes to the right. Try it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYTbnhddhGc
Lumus has long developed heads-up displays for the US military, but now it's using a developer kit called the DK-40 to bring its HUD tech to wearables out of the battlefield. The contraption's first stop was the CES show floor, so we couldn't resist putting our fingerprints all over it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP_8hA5KGwk
At CES 2014, we eyeball the best smartglasses we've seen so far. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6aU_u2xbH4
Lumus has brought its DK-40 wearable to CES 2014, showing off the new developer unit in public for the first time. The monocular headset is, like Google’s Glass, an Android-powered wearable computer, but whereas Glass floats a small window for notifications and such in the upper corner of your eye, the DK-40 actually overlays a full VGA digital image over the right eye instead.
Lumus-enabled wearable display hands-on by Chris Burns for SlashGear [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOBo05xvSVk[/embed]
Cinema glasses aren't exactly anything new. You typically wear the glasses like you would your favorite pair of shades, and then see what appears to be a private giant screen in front of you. The downside of these cinema-shades? You can't see what's actually going on in the world around you. Lumus is attempting to fix that issue with a new line of video glasses that you can see through. The transparent lenses display what appears to your eyes as an 87-inch screen, while allowing you to see what's going on in front of you at the same time.
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