November 19, 2020 – Kopin Corporation has announced that its White Pearl optical module and A230 Driver IC are now being used in Iristick’s augmented reality (AR) smart glasses to deliver hands-free AR imagery to frontline remote workers.
Kopin develops transmissive and reflective active matrix liquid crystal and organic light emitting diode (OLED) microdisplays and display subassemblies for military, enterprise, industrial, consumer and medical products.
Iristick, based in Belgium, is focused on designing, manufacturing and supporting smart safety glasses for industrial professionals to work faster, reduce errors and increase productivity. The company delivers hands-free smart-glasses solutions for remote assistance, step-by-step workflow guidance and pick-by-vision applications.
Field technicians utilizing Iristick’s smart glasses are connected with remote experts, zooming in on the smallest details and communicating in real-time to complete work tasks. Kopin’s White Pearl optical module, comprising a WQVGA LCD microdisplay and optics in a compact package, is mounted on the front of the smart glasses frame, and is adjustable for comfortable viewing, according to the companies.
“Many of our industrial and medical customers are keeping their business running during the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions by enabling their local teams to collaborate with remote experts with our Z1 smart glasses,” said Johan De Geyter, CEO of Iristick. “Kopin’s sunlight-readable White Pearl optical module is a crucial element of our smart glasses because it allows the remote expert to access critical information and talk the user through the steps necessary to solve whatever problem they are focused on. The quality of Kopin’s LCD’s and ASICs has consistently been excellent. We have been very pleased with how they perform within our smart glasses.” De Geyter added, “We rely on Kopin for this crucial element , since it is the core of our solution and they always deliver.”
Greg Truman, head of Kopin’s Industrial and Enterprise Displays, said: “The Iristick smart glasses have received a lot of positive attention, especially during this pandemic when remote assistance is helping businesses to not only operate but thrive.” He added, “It is incredible to see the vast number of use cases that rely on our Pearl optical modules.”
Kopin offers its enterprise, industrial, consumer and medical customers a range of different microdisplay products that come in various sizes and resolutions, including LCD, OLED and FLCoS displays. The company’s White Pearl optical module contains a transmissive WQVGA LVS (428×240 resolution) LCD, efficient backlight and curved prism optic, providing a bright, non-see-through, full-color image. According to Kopin, the White Pearl and A230 display driver ASIC together consume less than 100 mW at a display brightness of 1000 nits, sufficient for outdoor usage.
Image credit: Iristick / Kopin
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