Wearables

The world's first full colour microLED based true AR glasses

27th September 2022
Paige West

USound, a provider of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) loudspeakers for hearables and wearables, announces cooperation with the Indian company Focally on the first generation of its Universe AR glasses.

The Universe AR glasses prototype by Focally are developed to explore next-generation assistive AR applications such as AR navigation, geo-location-based applications, streaming videos and audio, Geo-location-based gaming, AI applications, and more. These demonstrated smart glasses showcase the essential elements required by true AR wearable devices with optical architecture, powerful sound system, and real-time sensing capabilities integrated into an ergonomic and compact eyewear device.

This first generation features fully transparent see-through waveguide with 30° FOV combined with the world's smallest and brightest microLED full-colour display engine. The glasses integrate USound's patented two-way audio system with MEMS tweeter and electrodynamic woofers, and dual microphones for noise cancellation and spatial audio.

This version of the device showcases unique compute architecture to perform on-board real-time sensing from sensors including accelerometers, gyroscope, magnetometer, environmental, gas composition and IR and then wirelessly perform application specific computer on other powerful computer platforms such as smartphones to reduce power consumption.

Focally is already working on its second-generation prototype with vision capabilities and advanced compute capabilities. An optimised computer platform will be launched to developers and early enthusiast latter in 2023.

With its advanced MEMS-speaker-based sound solution, USound enables unprecedented industrial and product design possibilities tackling the challenges of many modern audio devices. Compared to rival speakers used in earphones, TWS, headphones, smartphones, VR/AR glasses, wearables, and hearing aids, USound MEMS loudspeakers require up to 50% less space and consume 80% less energy and offer a greater frequency range per unit of area.

“Once more, it is demonstrated how our compact MEMS speakers-based audio solutions enable manufacturers to add more features to hearables and wearables for an improved user experience,” says Andrea Rusconi, CTO, and Co-Founder of USound. 

“We are excited to showcase our first demonstration of making Contextual Augmented reality near and accessible by integrating cutting edge technologies into an acceptable and wearable form factor. Stay tuned with us for exciting offerings,” says Sagar Madliyavar CEO and Founder of Focally.

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