First lightweight AR glasses showcased at CES Asia
Guangli Inc., a Hangzhou, China based company rolled out its latest product LIGHTIN 1 at CES Asia 2019 held in Shanghai last week. The show was held ( June 11-13) at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.
Unlike traditional AR glasses that make the wearer look like a space alien, the lightweight LIGHTIN 1 resembles general eyewear designed for daily use. This is the first really lightweight AR eyewear to be unveiled.
LIGHTIN 1 can be used for a wide range of embedded applications, including interactive education, 3D movies, games and office apps, deploying a near field and far field duo-depth linear mixed light-field display.
The developer version of LIGHTIN 1 displayed at the event weighs only 126g, reducing pressure on the head experienced with regular AR glasses and is of course more stylish. In a sandbox installed at the Guangli booth, LIGHTIN 1 projected “soldiers in battle” and “dragons flying above the castle” with both the battlefield and the faraway castle appearing as if it were a real-life scenario.
A smartphone was used as a focusing device to detect the virtual content, demonstrating the application of a streamlined and optimized light field display in the AR glasses. Apart from the interactive functionality demonstrated in the sandbox, the company also showcased several LIGHTIN 1 models in different colors for visitors to the show.
Guangli Inc. commenced operations in 2017. It focuses on the development of light-field engines and diffractive waveguides in the consumer-grade AR eyewear market. The firm aims to develop innovative AR glasses that can be worn comfortably for longer periods of time by addressing issues such as dizziness experienced with the traditional thicker AR glasses.
Guangli Inc expects to release the consumer version of LIGHTIN 1 by the end of this year. According to the founder, Dr. Zhang Zhuopeng the weight is expected to be less than 90g for the consumer launch. Guangli Inc has secured investments from Temasek’s Vertex Ventures, Linear Venture and Ivy Capital.
Source: Guangli Inc.