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Optical head-mounted display

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Optical head-mounted display

Wearable display that has the capability of reflecting projected images as well as allowing the user to see through it add

Category: Business (10)

Launched in 1999.

Countries: United States (31%), Japan (29%), (20%)

Main connections: Nokia, Google, Olympus Corporation

Linked to: Metadata, IBM, Apple Inc., French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control




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In December 1999, IBM Japan and Olympus Optical demonstrated the PC Eye-Trek, a wearable PC that comprises the IBM-developed small PC unit and a monocular, eyewear display developed by Olympus add something


In 2000, IBM launched the "Park Bench" TV commercial, which featured its vision for voice-activated wearable PCs add something


In 2000, the Israeli company Lumus was founded by Dr. Yaakov Amitai to develop and market its Light-guide Optical Element technology for eyewear displays add something


On 11 January 2000, the company demonstrated the DL40, a compact, lightweight monocular eyewear display with a see-through and RGB color capabilities based on holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystals technology add something


In 2001, the company R&D team transferred multicolor still images by diffractive planar optics and developed monocular displays add something


In February 2001 the company started negotiating with & Nokia to develop the technology for use in Nokia's mobile phones and other mobile devices, but in September 2003 Nokia broke off the discussions add something


On 16 June 2003 MicroOptical announced the availability of the SV-6 PC Viewer, the first eyewear-mounted display specifically designed for use with mobile personal computers add something


In October 2003, DigiLens was acquired by SBG Labs add something


Founded in March 2004, the Taiwanese company Oculon Optoelectronics is a well-experienced optoelectronics company that has been engaged in the design and the development of head mounted display and a series of light-weighted portable display products add something


At Expo 2005, Brother Industries demonstrated a stationary-type of its Imaging Display, a projection technology that focuses light, of an intensity harmless to the eyes, onto the retina and moves the light at high speed to create afterimages that give the user the impression of viewing a 16 square inch screen from a distance of 1 meter add something


In January 2005, the French company Laster Technologies was founded by a group of experts in optics and image processing at CNRS add something


In February 2005, the Swedish company Penny was founded by Erik Lundström based on his own research at KTH and University of Stockholm where a first prototype was presented year 2000 add something


At CEATEC 2006, Konica Minolta displayed a prototype of lightweight, holographic-based see-through eyewear display which uses a prism with thickness of 3,5 millimeters and a holographic element to reduce the weight of the display to 27 grams add something


Development of C Wear Interactive Glasses began in Jan of 2006, the first proof of concept prototype of the C Wear Interactive Glasses BM10 was released for beta testing in January 2009 and sold as a 0-series to the market 4 months later add something


However, following the poor ergonomics and eye strain of its products, the company decided to discount the product line in 2006 add something


In 2006, Apple filed patent for its own HMD device add something


In September 2006, the company won a research grant for the development of a prototype demonstrator for augmented reality in French Museums add something


In March 2007, MicroOptical changed its name to MyVu and at CES 2008 it demonstrated the Crystal 701, video eyewear which lets the user watch a large virtual screen from 6 feet away and It featured MyVu's patented SolidOptex® optical system, a VGA resolution, a cables that allow the user to connect it to MP4 players, DVD players, camcorders, or gaming systems with composite video output and a battery that provides up to 4 hours of video viewing add something


In November 2007, the University of Arizona's 3DVIS Lab , led by director Dr. Hong Hua, developed a polarized head-mounted projection display where the polarization states of the light are deliberately manipulated to maximize the luminous transfer efficiency add something


After years of R&D and building its patent portfolio, the company started officially selling product in 2008 with the PD-18: a top-down, transparent monocular display with SVGA resolution 32 degree FoV, and full color add something


Following Nokia's threat, Mirage was unable to secure key financing and was shut down in early 2008 add something


In 2008, Brother succeeded in developing a spectacle-type wearable RID prototype that's able to show SVGA resolution with a 60 Hz frame rate and weights only 350g add something


This recent filing is a continuation on patents filed in 2008 and 2009 add something


In June 2008, Innovega was co-founded by the former MicroVision employees: Randall Sprague, Steve Willey and Jerome Legerton add something


At & Nokia World 2009, Nokia Research Center demonstrated an optical see-through eyewear display add something


By the end of 2009, Epson began the development of an eyewear display that would deliver a big-screen experience to people on the go add something


On 4 April 2009, the company announced that it signed a contract with BAE Systems Hagglunds in which the companies will jointly work on the integration of the Interactive Glasses BM10 in the BAE Systems Hägglunds products add something


In July 2009, the company presented the augmented reality experience Observe the Earth in 3D at the inauguration of the permanent exhibition Explora, Objective : Earth at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie add something


At CEATEC 2010, NTT DoCoMo demonstrated the AR Walker, an augmented reality glasses which were developed by Olympus in 2008 add something


In 2010 Lumus' technology received high level validation when the US Air Force selected Gentex's Scorpion Helmet Mounted Cueing System , with Raytheon as the primary contractor, for the HMIT program for A-10 and F-16 Aircraft add something


The eyewear display was scheduled for release by the end of 2010 by Japanese maker add something


On 19 April 2010, Augmented Vision Inc was founded by Drs. Chunyu Gao and Hong Hua to develop optical see-through eyewear displays based on the freeform optical waveguide technology which is a thin, see-through optical assembly that enables the design of a lightweight eyewear displays that look like conventional glasses and offer a high-quality video display along with unobtrusive see-through vision to the real world add something


On 21 July 2010, it announced the AiRScouter and exhibited the device at "Brother World JAPAN 2010" in Tokyo on September 15 add something


In September 2010 the development of the next version BM20 was initiated and the first 0 series was planned to be released in December 2012 add something


On 7 October 2010, Synopsys announced that it acquires Optical Research Associates add something


In May 2011, Microsoft filed patents for an optically see-through eyewear display with augmented reality capabilities add something


Initially, the project started in June 2011, when Francesco and his team saw an augmented reality glasses concept video add something


On 24 August 2011, it announced the commercialization of the AiRScouter add something


Following it, the team researched the eyewear display market and in September 2011 it sought and hired Gianluigi Tregnaghi, the biggest field expert in Italy, who developed optical systems for airplane pilots' helmets add something


In September 2011, the company was awarded an Army Phase I SBIR to develop an occlusion-capable optical see-through eyewear display and in April 2012 it was invited for an Army Phase II SBIR proposal submission add something


In October 2011, the company introduced the C Wear Interactive Glasses BM20 during the Innovative Sweden event at Stanford University in Silicon Valley add something


On 17 October 2011, NEC announced in Japan the Tele Scouter, a device that is based on the AirScouter add something


On 9 November 2011, it announced in Japan the Moverio BT-100, a 3D-enabled optical see-through eyewear display which features 0,52-inch displays with 960×540 resolution that give the impression of viewing a 3D virtual 80-inch display from a distance 5 m add something


Analytics company IHS has estimated that the shipments of smart glasses may rise from just 50,000 units in 2012 to as high as 6,6 million units in 2016 add something


At CES 2012, Vuzix demonstrated the SMART Glasses, a see-through eyewear display technology based on integrated HD display engines and waveguide optics that were licensed from Nokia add something


At SID 2012, the German institute Fraunhofer COMEDD presented for the first time an evaluation kit of its OLED-based eyewear display which enables the user to test the technology and develop applications The institute successfully developed OLED-on-silicon microchips, which are display and camera at the same time, and can be integrated into eyeglasses with an appropriate optical construction add something


In 2012, a two years old 56-page roadmap document by Microsoft appeared on Scribd add something


In 2012, the Italian company GlassUp was founded by Francesco Giartosio and Gianluigi Tregnaghi to develop and market its augmented reality eyewear display add something


In the summer of 2012, the team thought it found the solution that would hit the mark, and patented it add something


In March 2012 Epson launched the Moverio in the United States add something


In May 2012, the company successfully designed the eyewear display and in June it passed the DCAA auditing for government contracting add something


On 5 July 2012 Olympus announced the MEG4,0, a Monocular eyewear display that contains a QVGA resolution display and can connect to devices through Bluetooth 2,1 add something


In August 2012, Mark Spitzer, formerly a principal scientist at Kopin Corporation and the founder and CEO of MicroOptical/MuVu, was hired by Google as a Director of Operations at Google_X add something


On 14 November 2012 Sony filed a patent for a binocular eyewear display which features a camera, battery packs, a 2D interface and customizable screens by allowing the user to move the lens several millimeters add something


In December 2012, Meta was founded by Meron Gribetz based on the work of a Columbia University team that began in 2011 add something


A Consumer version is expected to hit the US before the 2013 Christmas season add something


At CeBIT 2013, the company showcased its project to turn a pair of glasses into a head-mounted secondary display for the smartphone add something


At Computex Taipei 2013 the company demonstrated a prototype of its Oculon Smart Glasses, an eyewear display which is expected to compete the Google Glass with better screen, longer battery life and less than half the price add something


At MWC 2013, Fujitsu showcased the Laser Head Set , a headset display that uses a laser to project a high-resolution video onto a clear mirror in front of your eye which bounces it back into the retina add something


At D11 Conference 2013, the startup company Atheer Labs unveild its 3D augmented reality glasses prototype add something


At Augmented World Expo 2013, Optinvent demonstrated a prototype of their ORA see-through mobile AR display platform add something


At CES 2013, the company demonstrated a prototype of its eyewear display that features a field of view of 60 degrees or more add something


At SXSW 2013 the company unveiled the Telepathy One, an eyewear display that consists of a small micro projector to create a virtual 5-inch screen that appears to float in front of the wearer's eye and a built-in micro camera add something


Consumer versions are expected to be released by late 2013 add something


In January 2013, the Japanese company Telepathy was founded by the augmented reality entrepreneur Takahito Iguchi add something


In April 2013, & Google acquired several of MicroOptical/MyVu patents from Foxconn, who is in contract with Google to manufacture the Google Glass in Santa Clara, California add something


On April 1, 2013, an article at Sina Tech reported that the Chinese search giant Baidu is allegedly testing Eye, a monocular eyewear display which features a miniature LCD display, camera for taking pictures, bone conduction technology, and some sort of facial recognition search add something


On 17 May 2013, the company launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to manufacture Meta 1, an augmented reality eyewear display that is based on Epson's Moverio BT-100 add something


The company planned to release two versions, one with Bluetooth 4,0 and one with Bluetooth 3,1 to ensure a wide range of compatibility with Android and iOS devices, and aimed to have finished versions ready for the Augmented World Expo in June 2013 add something


In July 2013, APX Labs founder and CEO Brian Ballard stated that he knows of 25-30 hardware companies who are working on their own versions of smart glasses, some of which APX is working with add something


In September 2013, Fraunhofer Institute announced that Penny and C Wear Interactive Glasses has been chosen as one of the partners in the ://www add something


Originally the delivery date for the first-generation Meta01 was to be in November 2013 add something


On December 19, 2013, Atheer Labs started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for their augmented reality systems add something


It was developed in collaboration with the University of Tokyo and QD Laser Inc. By Mobile World Congress 2014, Fujitsu plans to debut the Laser Eye Wear , based on the same technology that is condensed into a pair of normal-looking glasses add something


No concrete release date was given, but the document suggests sometime in 2014 at earliest add something


On Jan. 6, 2014, Epson announced the development of the Moverio BT-200 Mobile Viewer add something


The first complete series manufactured of the C Wear Interactive Glasses are to be released during 2014 add something


The first version of Innovega's glasses are designed for military use, but it's planning a consumer version by 2014 or 2015 add something


This was pushed back to January 2014, June 2014 add something


The delivery date has now been pushed out to July 2014 add something


New pre-orders have a proposed ship date of September 2014 The lack of regular updates as to what is happening and the rolling back on the delivery dates has caused some to cancel their pre-orders add something


New pre-orders have a proposed ship date of January 2015 The lack of regular updates as to what is happening and the rolling back on the delivery dates has caused some to cancel their pre-orders add something


On 19 of November 2015, Atheer launched the AiR Suite, a turn-key enterprise field worker taskflow management and collaboration platform consisting of AiR Flow, the device application for smart glasses, AiR Hub, the cloud-based console for user management and remote video, and AiR Designer, the GUI taskflow creation and editing tool add something


As of June 15 2016, Atheer announced partnerships to bring the AiR Suite to other smart glasses such as the Epson Moverio, ODG R-7, Vuzix m100 and m300, and Recon Jet. add something


As of June 15, 2016, Atheer announced partnerships to bring the AiR Suite to other smart glasses such as the Epson Moverio, ODG R-7, Vuzix m100 and m300, and Recon Jet. add something


Business Insider's BI Intelligence expects an annual sales of 21 million Google Glass units by 2018 add something