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Vuzix Corporation
Company typePublic
NasdaqVUZI
Russell 2000 Component
FounderPaul Travers
Headquarters,
ProductsM100 Smart Glasses, M300 Smart Glasses, M400 Smart Glasses, Blade Smart Glasses, iWear Video Headphones
OwnerIntel (10%)
State Street KOMP ETF (12%)[1]
Number of employees
90[1]
Websitewww.vuzix.com

Vuzix (/ˈvjuzɪks/) is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Rochester, New York and founded by Paul Travers in 1997. Vuzix is a supplier of wearable virtual reality and augmented reality display technology. Vuzix manufactures and sells computer display devices and software.[2] Vuzix head-mounted displays are marketed towards mobile and immersive augmented reality[3] applications, such as 3D gaming,[4] manufacturing training,[5] and military tactical equipment.[6] On January 5, 2015, Intel acquired 30% of Vuzix's stock for $24.8 million.[7]

The company has offices in New York, Japan, and the UK and is the current market leader for video eyewear.[citation needed] Forte was a pioneer during the mid-1990s developing immersive head mounted displays[8] for virtual reality and video gaming applications.

Vuzix's displays are based on optical waveguides.[9]

History

Paul Travers founded Vuzix in 1997 in Rochester, NY, under the name Interactive Imaging Systems, purchasing the assets of the virtual reality company Forte Technologies. The company started with products for the military and U.S. Defense, but then developed consumer virtual reality systems. In 1997, the company was hired as a subcontractor to Raytheon, designing display electronics for a digital night vision weapon sight.

In 2000, the VFX1 Headgear was featured in a commemorative US Postal Service stamp collection celebrating the 1990s.[10] The VFX1 was replaced by a higher resolution system dubbed the VFX3D in mid 2000.[11]

In 2001, Vuzix launched its first consumer electronics product, the iCOM personal internet browser.[12]

In 2005, Vuzix provided a custom high resolution handheld display system that created the 3D imagery for Hitachi's pavilion at the 2005 World's Fair in Aichi, Japan. The Hitachi Pavilion allowed users to interact with computer generated models and dioramas of endangered species in a Mixed Reality ride.[13]

In 2005, the company changed its name to Icuiti. Later that year, Icuiti launched its first product designed specifically for consumers, the V920 Video Eyewear.[14]

Also in 2005, Icuiti was awarded its first military R&D contract to develop a high resolution monocular display device for viewing tactical maps and video. This development would lead to the Tac-Eye product line, which began rate production in 2009 and is currently used in many major military programs including the Battlefield Air Operations kit.[15]

A re-branding in 2007 changed the company's name from Icuiti to Vuzix.[16]

In 2010, Vuzix introduced the first production model see-through augmented reality glasses the STAR 1200.[17] It was released in August 2011 for $4999.[18]

Vuzix is currently[when?] under contract with DARPA to design and build a next generation heads up display for military ground personnel.[19] The DARPA PCAS program is large R&D program with the goal of allowing the joint tactical air controller the ability to rapidly engage multiple, moving and simultaneous targets within his area of responsibility.[20]

In January 2013, at CES, Vuzix Corporation demonstrated working models of its new M100 Smart Glasses, the official press event of CES. Rated as one of the five top gadgets expected at CES by CNBC[21] and given the CES Innovations award,[22] the Vuzix Smart Glasses M100, expected to ship in second half of 2013, will enable wearers to access data and content from an iOS or Android smart phone from the cloud and ‘hands free’. The m100 was officially released in December 2013 for $1000: double the original announced price.[23]

In January 2015, Intel invested $25 million in the company, gaining 30% ownership of the company.[24]

In August 2017, Vuzix and BlackBerry became partners to deliver smart glasses for the enterprise.[25][26]

Innovations

Video Eyeware

Augmented Reality Eyeware

See also

References

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