UPDATED 08:03 EST / SEPTEMBER 17 2019

EMERGING TECH

ThirdEye launches X2 mixed reality smartglasses for industry workers

Enterprise mixed reality solutions company ThirdEye Gen Inc. announced today the launch of its newest headset product the X2 Glasses.

The X2 is an all-in-one hardware and software solution using mixed reality to provide workers from numerous industries the ability to “see” more with the addition of contextual overlays. With its AR solution, ThirdEye intends to target field services, health care, manufacturing, architecture, education and insurance.

ThirdEye claims the X2 Glasses are the smallest MR headset on the market weighing in at 9.8 ounces.

The AR smartglasses also provide a wide, 42-degree field of view (the Microsoft HoloLens 2 has a 43-degree FOV), powerful sensors – including thermal, ambient light and flashlight – as well as built-in simultaneous localization and mapping capabilities. This technology is known as VisionEye SLAM and allows for advanced AR features.

The glasses also include two grey-scale cameras, a high-resolution RGB camera, (13-megapixel), three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer and a three-axis compass.

“Our goal is to become the most recognizable smart glasses in the AR and MR industry, and so far we’ve created the widest field of view in the smallest form factor possible,” said Nick Cherukuri, founder of ThirdEye.

X2 Glasses run on Android and have hundreds of apps available via the ThirdEye App Store. The company has created the platform so that it’s easy to develop for it: Developers can use existing software development kits and application programming interfaces to build apps.

To further ease development, the company also offers ThirdEye Workspace, a powerful enterprise-ready software platform built into the X2 Glasses. With Workspace, developers will have tools that can take advantage of advanced AR/MR capabilities such as live AR remote assistance and 3D SLAM based computer-aided design modeling and overlay.

Worker wearing X2 Glasses. Photo: ThirdEye Gen

Worker wearing X2 Glasses. Photo: ThirdEye Gen

“The X2 Glasses are unlike anything else on the market right now – between the affordable price tag, powerful technology and beautiful form – we are giving workers all across the enterprise the opportunity to really elevate their level of work,” said Cherukuri. “Coupled with our advanced AR software platform, we’re simultaneously providing companies with nearly 40 percent savings in productivity improvements.”

The X2 Glasses are now available for purchase at a price tag of $1,950. Customers pre-ordering the smartglasses can get a $300 discount on ThirdEye’s website and pre-orders will be available until mass production is complete and shipping begins in October.

[Editor’s note 9/25/2019: This article previously cited the X2 Glasses as 6 ounces, this has been corrected to 9.8 ounces.]

Photo: ThirdEye Gen

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