|Announced||March 2012 |
|Price||500 USD |
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Lumus DK-40 is a monocular visual display. Like Google Glass, it is a wireless, standalone device, which can also be connected to external devices. Designed as a regular pair of glasses, DK-40 has a socially aesthetic and acceptable look. The battery is built into the back of the right arm of the frame, and the eyepiece is attached at the front of the right arm. The entire right lens of the glasses is a see-through display, enabling the user to see AR content overlaid on immediate environment. The purpose of this device is not to hit the consumer market, but to attract developers and manufacturers of wearable computing and AR to embed Lumus' patented optical systems into their products. Due to non-disclosure agreements, it is unknown which consumer device companies use Lumus' optics. The only known company is Meta, utilizing Lumus' optical system for its Meta Pro glasses.
The eyepiece is clipped to the right arm of the frame. It contains a 5 MP camera, OMAP processor running Android, and 9DoF motion sensor. Control buttons are located at the bottom of the eyepiece. The right lens has embedded prisms and serves as a display that supports VGA resolution and 25-degree FoV. The battery life is up to four hours.
Lumus' Optical Engine Module embedded in DK-40 consists of Light-guide Optical Element (LOE) and Micro-display Pod. The LOE is ultra-thin lens displaying see-through elements over the right eye. The micro-display Pod is "a mini projector embedded in the temple of the eyeglasses that receives the image content from a video source and projects it into the LOE."
Work and entertainment: gaming, video streaming, navigation, critical content viewing (email, text messages, calendar)
Company & People
Lumus is based in Rehovot, Israel. It was founded in 2000 by Dr. Yaakov Amitai. At the core of the company’s technology and business is LOE technology, which is “an ultra-thin, see-through lens that displays large, high quality images and enables the design of eyeglasses with a completely natural look.” The company has provided professionals with their optical system, including military, aviation, and emergency services.
Management: Dr. Rivi Sherman, CEO & Executive Vice President; Dr. Eli Glikman, CEO & Chief Product Officer; Dr. Yaakov Amitai, Founder & Chief Technology Officer; Chaim Aldaag, Chief Operations Officer; Henry Schwarzbaum, Chief Financial Officer; Mula Friedman, Director of Display Systems; Dr. Yuval Ofir, Director of Materials, Processes and Quality; Ari Grobman, Director of Business Development.
No release date available. Although Lumus DK-40 is a consumer product, the company will not sell the device to the general public. Instead, it targets selling its Optical Engine Module as a platform for wearables and AR technology developed by other companies.
Ethical & Health Issues
Public & Media Impact and Presentation
Lumus DK-40 is considered one of the top Google Glass competitors by the reviewers. It is praised for being a standalone device and for its sleek design. The main issue with this device is that it will not become available, even though it seems like a promising product for the consumer market. However, its highly praised optical engine will reach the marked through other wearable consumer products.
Related Technologies, Projects, or Scientific Research
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- Device is not purchasable by individuals.
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