DK-50 Development Kit Creates Immediate, Real-World Possibilities for AR
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2016 — Leading optical display technology developer Lumus has unveiled its DK-50 development kit at CES 2016 (Booth #26433), showcasing the most advanced augmented reality optics technology available to date.
“The DK-50 represents a significant achievement that combines the finest optical display in the market with the latest industry-leading marker-less AR tracking,” Lumus CEO Ben Weinberger says. “We’re extremely proud and excited to introduce the first and only optical display technology that enables smart eyeglasses to deliver a truly believable AR experience. Lumus technology makes it completely achievable right now to generate a large-scale, high-resolution, bright virtual image, with a lightweight wearable eyeglass display.”
The DK-50 glasses are equipped with twin stereo cameras and an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), which allows application developers access to real-time mapping and tracking, for the creation of augmented reality applications limited only by the developer’s imagination.
The AR glasses not only project an overlay directly on the wearer’s main line of sight, but also provide:
- Real-time mapping of the environment and complete freedom of movement in all directions
- Widest fully transparent field of view available (40 degrees)
- Binocular, and high resolution (720p)
- Onboard Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor running the Android™ mobile operating system
- SDK and Android application that turns any mobile phone into a remote control, allowing mouse-like interface, smart glasses application launcher, access to settings, and much more
The enabling optical technology within the new DK-50 is the Lumus Optical Engine, which consists of the patented Light-Guide Optical Element (LOE), a reflective waveguide and the Micro Display Pod, a miniature projector. Together they create the virtual image of a transparent, full-color projection over the wearer’s surroundings, seamlessly blending digital content into the physical world. Wearable eyeglass displays built with this breakthrough technology can now be compact and comfortable for the first time.
Lumus already has their first customer for the DK-50 development kit: SUNCORPORTATION, a leading Japanese IT and entertainment company, which recently announced a partnership with Lumus and InfinityAR. “SUNCORP is proud to be the first customer introducing an end product based on the Lumus DK-50 design,” says Masanori Yamaguchi, CEO of SUNCORPORTION. “We believe our enterprise and industrial customers will greatly benefit from this game-changing augmented reality platform.” SUNCORP will introduce AceReal, AR glasses developed for enterprise applications, at Wearable Expo (Jan. 13 – 15, 2016, at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center).
Lumus (www.lumus-optical.com) products enable the fusion of the digital and physical world, allowing businesses and individuals to maximize the potential of augmented reality and smart eyewear today. Lumus has developed ground-breaking technology for see-through wearable displays via its patented Light-guide Optical Element (LOE) platform. Lumus technology makes possible the only sleek, natural-looking form factor, wide field of view, and true see-through performance available today. The augmented reality technology developed by Lumus is in fact already used by leading consumer electronics and smart-eyewear manufacturers. Health care, the military, aviation, and logistics are among the industries that rely on Lumus alone for the optical technology underlying their pioneering AR applications.