Startup LetinAR, which at the end of last year was enriched by $ 3.6 million, promises to bring at the Mobile World Conference (February 25-28, Barcelona) augmented reality glasses based on lenses with transparent Pin Mirror waveguides (PinMR) with a resolution of 8K, 4K per eye.
The second most important characteristic of glasses after resolution is a 120 degree diagonal field of view. The company claims that optics show a clear image without causing dizziness, and more accurately express colors than analogs based on diffraction or refraction from competitors. LetinAR also collaborates with the Fraunhofer FEP, the German Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beams and Plasma Technologies, in the development of special OLED displays with low power consumption for wearable devices.
With PinMR optics, manufacturers can create smart glasses that resemble normal ones more than analogs of previous years. The companies want to simplify their mass production as much as possible by eliminating technical barriers that have long prevented the commercialization of wearable devices of augmented reality.
At the last CES 2019, we were able to visit the Vuzix booth, which presented Blade glasses with its own app store and environmental recognition cameras. If with recognition everything was not bad, the display irritated rather than helped – both because of the poor quality of the picture and because of the strained pseudo-consumer cases, like learning details about the goods on the store shelf, as if you need to buy glasses for $ 1000 when there is a smartphone in your pocket.
The moral is: to convince potential customers to order a batch of their optical systems, LetinAR will have to prove to them that they will buy devices with them. According to the press release received by our editorial board, the company is going to “show how augmented reality will change people’s daily lives. For example, LetinAR smart glasses connected to smartphones demonstrate navigation, recipes and other uses. ”
It is worth emphasizing that this is not a commercial device, but a model for demonstrating technology. If customers among the manufacturers of ready-made devices appear on PinMR, many months may pass before their release.
You can appreciate the realism of the scenarios offered by LetinAR at the MWC booth number CS80 in the Wearable Pavilion.