Lumus might not be a popular brand in the consumer market however if you are a pilot of an F16 then you will be familiar with the brand. The company is responsible for making the heads up display that’s attached to the flight helmet and they plan this technology to Android smart glasses.
Two years ago the company showed off its augmented reality display that is embedded in a standard lens and could fit into standard glasses. The 720p device could display a near HD quality image in front of a users face. Once worn you could watch movies, play games, or even interact with mobile devices through an interface that seems to be floating in air.
Right now the team has shown its new system which places an Android computer in the camera. It can handle gestures and can even display map data on the ground in front. The company however isn’t jumping into the consumer market anytime soon. Its two consumer products the Lumux DK-32 and the Lumus DK-40 are still under development. Their focus right now is to let other manufacturers use its Optical Engine Module (OEM) technology.
The OEM is a sub-assembled device that can be called a computer display unit. Manufacturers will only need to a computer, frames, and a power source to turn the OEM into smart glasses. The device is capable of handling 720p videos. The OEM is composed of two parts, the Lumus Light-guide Optical Element (LOE) and the Micro-Display Pod.
LOE: ultra-thin lens
- Ultra-thin form factor (1.6 mm), enabling flexibility in aesthetics, weight and design
- True see-through, enabling a natural look and a range of applications
- Reflective optics providing a pure, unadulterated image
- Large eye-motion, enabling wearer to see image even as eyes move
- Expandable Field-of-View (FOV) without increasing the thickness of the LOE
Micro-Display Pod: A mini projector embedded in the temple of the eyeglasses.
- Small form factor, enabling discreet positioning of Pods in the temples of the frame and the design of natural looking and stylish eyewear
- Optimal weight distribution achieved through positioning of the Pods on the sides
- Stereoscopic imaging using a dual-display configuration, allowing Lumus-enabled products to offer a 3D viewing experience
- Viewing comfort possible through the dual-display configuration which enables full control over the angle of convergence.
One of the first manufacturers to use the Lumus OEM is Meta which has developed the Meta Pro, which is an entry-level augmented reality glasses. This device however is not without its disadvantages as it comes at a $3650 price tag and looks like an oversized dark sunglasses that’s suited for laboratory use.
Lumus announced that it has no timeframe as to when smart glasses using its technology will be arriving in the market.