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Daqri AR glasses began shipping, want to grab a slice of the industrial VR market

News 2017-12-12 17:53:19 35

On November 7, American AR company Daqri began to put on market its Daqri Smart Glasses for AR glasses, which was demonstrated at CES in January this year to help enterprise-level customers streamline workflows and increase production efficiency. Therefore, this glasses will also compete with Microsoft Hololens in industrial VR equipment.

As mentioned above, Daqri Smart Glasses is aimed primarily at industrial-grade customers who can show workers complex piping inspection data, valve indices, equipment thermal performance data, and more. Specifically, Daqri Smart Glasses captures and records the working environment in real time by sensing the area around it and drawing the 3D environment graph. The user can obtain the relevant information only through the display on the glasses. It should be noted that while wearing Daqri Smart Glasses workers can share each other's information data and build a complete regional 3D map. After getting the data, the glasses feed real-time video to office technicians over Wi-Fi to help workers better evaluate the jobsite.

Daqri Smart Glasses industrial role is inseparable from its hardware and software technology background, it built Daqri VOS visual operating system, integrated with Intel's multi-sensor RealSense technology. Thanks to RealSense technology, it is clear that there are three sensors, infrared sensor, infrared laser transmitter and infrared sensor, on the Daqri Smart Glasses. These three sensors can complete the gestures, face recognition, and then with the processor hardware such as 3D scanning, physical measurements, real-time image processing. In addition, Daqri also added a thermal sensor to Daqri Smart Glasses to monitor the heat generated by industrial equipment.

However, Daqri Smart Glasses is not Daqri's first industrial AR device. As early as 2014, Daqri, which was founded less than four years ago, has developed its AR Helmet Daqri Smart Helmet. The Daqri Smart Helmet looks like an industrial helmet. It should be noted that the configuration of the Daqri Smart Helmet is very similar to that of the Daqri Smart Glasses, so it can be inferred that the Daqri Smart Glasses is a lightweight and compact version of the Daqri Smart Helmet. Daqri Smart Helmet, which sold for $ 15,000, was not a bad market before, with companies such as Hyperloop, Siemens and Autodesk serving as its customers. I do not know what's going on with this release of Daqri Smart Glasses, which sells for $ 4,995.

In addition to developing AR devices, Daqri has also developed a vehicle head-up display called Daqri Smart Hub that uses holographic projection technology to analyze in real time information such as speed limits, road speeds and road speed in front of the road, and project the data to the stop The windshield gives users navigation services and is currently installed on more than 150,000 vehicles.

In addition, the company background is also very talkative, so far, it has acquired the holographic technology company Two Trees Photonics, AR head solution 1066 Labs, computer vision company ARToolworks and brain wave sensor developer Melon. Not only that, Daqri announced the acquisition of a 15-person scientific team from Microsoft Xbox founder and famous physicist Seamus Blackley, as well as the technical personnel of SpaceX, Qualcomm and Virgin Group from February to March this year.

May be the strength of the technical team coupled with the market performance of the product is not bad, Daqri received private equity in July this year, up to 260 million US dollars of investment, the amount of investment in the field of AR was among the best. Although the amount of financing than the AR sector financing monster Magic Leap, but Daqri has made some achievements in the product, in the market early, maybe it can compete with Hololens.