June 5, 2023
AWE USA went down last week in Santa Clara. Here are some of the most publicized enterprise-related announcements and developments that took place around the big XR event.
Ahead of AWE, Lenovo announced the availability of its new ThinkReality VRX all-in-one VR headset in select markets worldwide. Powered by the Snapdragon XR2 + Gen 1 processor and supported by a full suite of end-to-end services, the enterprise-only device starts at $1,299 and is expected to be available in select markets starting this month.
*Get hands-on with the ThinkReality VRX at Augmented Enterprise Oct 24-26. Lenovo is a principal sponsor at the event.
Also in advance of the event, CGS unveiled Immersive Learning as a Service (ILaaS), an out-of-the-box, end-to-end solution to launch, deploy, and scale immersive learning experiences. McDonalds and Scoot Airlines are among those already using the solution to onboard and train employees with mixed reality. Adaptable for any industry, ILaaS allows enterprises to “pilot MR and demonstrate ROI without the headache of procuring devices that they may not need in the future.”
*Discover TeamworkAR and ILaaS at Augmented Enterprise. Visit sponsor CGS’s booth in the expo for live demonstrations.
Scope AR announced support for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Spaces, meaning that any headset supporting Snapdragon Spaces will now natively run Scope’s WorkLink solution. This increases hardware options for the company’s enterprise customers.
*Scope AR will also exhibit at Augmented Enterprise.
P&C Solution launched its AR glasses METALENSE and an improved remote collaboration solution with which users can share large files up to 100MB. The South Korean company targets a number of industries, including manufacturing, construction, and healthcare.
Ultraleap launched the Leap Motion Controller 2 hand-tracking module. Improvements over its predecessor include higher-resolution cameras, a bigger FOV, 25% lower power consumption, and a 30% smaller form factor. The Leap Motion Controller 2 will be compatible with Lenovo’s ThinkReality VRX headset and Pico’s VR headsets.
DigiLens announced plans to support Snapdragon Spaces along with several partnerships to expand the capabilities of its AR glasses and accelerate development of next-gen XR products. DigiLens’ ARGO smart glasses will now support the Leap Motion Controller 2 and Wisear’s neural interface-powered earphones (both input methods), as well as Taqtile’s Manifest work instruction platform. DigiLens will also use Mojo Vision’s micro-LED tech.
The company formerly known as Nreal introduced Spacetop, the “world’s first AR laptop” developed by Sightful. Xreal is working with Sightful to leverage its Light smart glasses with Spacetop, indicating a new(found) interest in workplace productivity hardware. The Spacetop AR laptop is available for around $2,000 via an early access program.
The Chinese company unveiled the Oppo MR Glass Developer Edition powered by the Snapdragon XR2+ chipset to “entice” developers to create the apps that will make mixed reality popular. Features include binocular video pass through, pancake lenses, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a heart rate detection function.
Not enterprise-specific but notable:
Niantic announced a series of “major updates” to the Lightship ARDK and 8th Wall platforms. Touch interface startup Doublepoint launched the Doublepoint Evaluation Kit to enable OEMs and ODMs to easily integrate its advanced gesture recognition algorithms into their designs. Wearable Devices exhibited the Mudra Band, an AI-powered touchless sensing wearable compatible with RealWear and Nreal Smart Glasses.
Also at AWE, past and present Augmented Enterprise exhibitors:
Holo-Light showcased XRnow, an “enterprise-grade, centralized Industrial Metaverse platform for hosting, streaming, and scaling AR/VR applications.” Sphere exhibited its immersive collaboration platform at Lenovo’s booth, and Epson demoed its Moverio AR smart glasses.
Not at AWE, but exciting:
Meta Quest 3! Meta unveiled its next XR headset, the $499 Quest 3, which is reportedly 40% thinner and more comfortable than Quest 2 with better displays and resolution.
*Try out the Meta Quest 3 for yourself at Augmented Enterprise in October. Meta is a principal sponsor of the conference.