Vuzix boosts production and expands functionality of its Blade AR Smart Glasses

April 17, 2019 – Vuzix has announced several developments for its Vuzix Blade Augmented Reality Smart Glasses. Most notably, production yields and rates have been increasing and the company is now offering near immediate delivery on new orders on its website.

Production yields for optical waveguides, an internally manufactured product in the company’s Rochester-based headquarters and a key component in the Vuzix Blade, have continued to improve, according to the company. As a result, Vuzix’ manufacturing floor has been able to accelerate and expand production of Blade Smart Glasses, as evidenced by the recent decrease in shipping time from 3-4 weeks, which now instead reads “in stock” on the company’s website. Vuzix state that further plans remain in place to realize additional production increases and cost reductions over 2019.

Additionally, several apps for the Vuzix Blade are now available for consumer use at the Vuzix App Store. The Vuzix Blade Yelp app being one of them, which helps users search for local businesses and services. Other apps include the Vuzix Blade AccuWeather Globe 3D weather app, as well as the Vuzix Blade News app, which sources news stories from CNN, NPR, Google News, and Reuters. For sports fans, there is the Vuzix Blade Sports app which pushes game statistics to a user’s AR glasses.

“We continue to make great progress with Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses, both in terms of our production capacity and device functionality, and we expect to achieve much more in both of these regards over the balance of this year,” said Paul Travers, Vuzix President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are truly at the point where a growing number of consumers can start leaving their phone in their pockets and experience new levels of convenience and functionality that others can only dream of providing at this point. At the same time, the Blade Smart Glasses is gaining steady interest on the enterprise side for use as a B2B or B2C productivity tool. And we are just getting started.”

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