As we launched the LaSAR Alliance a few weeks ago, I was reminded and inspired to see all the talk about LBS. Let’s start with SPIE– STMicroelectronics and OQmented announced they’re joining forces to begin work on the manufacturing and marketing developments of MEMS (mirror-based LBS solutions)…Then SPIE had a panelist spotlight -expert panelists all agreeing that LBS technology was one of the best solutions for the future of the AR/VR industry. The enthusiasm was shared unanimously!
Bharath Rajagopalan (STMicro), further mentioned, LBS technology presents the best performances for form factor, volume, power, and brightness. Moreover, in terms of resolution, Oleg Petrak from OQmented has presented promising results on Lissajous method for LBS technology during his talk.
In other news, The U.S. Army said last Wednesday that Microsoft has won a contract to build more augmented reality headsets. The contract for over 120,000 headsets could be worth up to $21.88 billion over 10 years- Ultimately, the U.S. Army moved this project from prototype to production. What that means for Augmented Realty and the evolution of LBS is huge…it’s exciting to see the industry is moving rapidly and into action.
And as a board member and tasked with looking for new members for LaSAR Alliance , in no time, we’re seeing many want to come on board! Just a few days ago, we welcomed EyeWay. We’re confident they’ll continue to join the driving force that will evolve AR wearable devices as we know them today. “EyeWay’s system offers an immersive AR experience, and we expect their participation to further fuel the technology and grow this dynamic market,” said Bharath Rajagopalan, (STmicro) and also serves as Chair of the LaSAR Alliance.
In conclusion, we are now seeing more and more visions converting into executed projects and companies are focused on key fundamentals, FOV, easiest production, cost effectiveness, and real-world use cases … We continue to push our R&D efforts to design the most cost effective scalable solutions that are easily adopted in both enterprise and consumer markets. The Alliance is focused on working with the world’s leaders in AR to push the envelope on LBS and we’re excited to see the movement.