Himax Technologies and Lumus announce collaboration to develop next-generation smart glasses

Himax Technologies, Inc., a supplier and fabless manufacturer of display drivers and other semiconductor products, and Lumus, a producer of Augmented Reality glasses, announced today another joint initiative to continue developing the next-generation of smart glasses that will set new technological standards in image quality and performance.

Commenting on the partnership, Jordan Wu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Himax, stated, “We are very excited to expand our existing partnership with Lumus. They have developed an innovative technology, which will enable Augmented Reality glasses to become the next ‘must-have’ consumer device.”

According to Zvi Lapidot, Chief Executive Officer of Lumus, “Himax’s superior LCOS technology, its availability for high volume production, and the Company’s forward looking technological applications were critical in our selection of Himax as a strategic partner. Their microdisplay, specifically designed for smart glasses, combines smoothly with Lumus’ transparent display, creating the ideal solution for true Augmented Reality and hands-free wearable computing.”

Mr. Lapidot added, “While our ultra-thin, see-through optics enable natural looking wearable displays, Himax’s unique LCOS technology provides the high level of brightness necessary for see-through Augmented Reality. Ultimately, our cooperation enables us to bring widely appealing solutions to help seamlessly and intuitively blend wearable technology into our daily lives.”

Himax and Lumus have been successfully collaborating for several years in the field of combat aviation, producing market leading helmet mounted displays. Leveraging their combat-proven solutions and manufacturing capabilities, the two companies are now collaborating to make wearable displays mainstream consumer products.

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