Vuzix unveils M4000 Smart Glasses built on Qualcomm XR1 platform

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January 7, 2020 – Vuzix Corporation has today announced the unveiling of the Vuzix M4000 Smart Glasses. The Vuzix M4000 Smart Glasses, which feature Vuzix’ propriety waveguide optics and the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform, represent the company’s most powerful smart glasses built for enterprise customers to date.

According to Vuzix, since the company’s collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated) was announced in May 2018, the two firms have been actively engaged in the development of several Snapdragon XR1-based enterprise smart glasses. This newest product from those activities, currently referred to as the Vuzix M4000 Smart Glasses, offers all the computing power and performance of the XR1 platform and its enhanced AR capabilities, coupled with Vuzix’ latest optical waveguide technologies to provide a completely non-occluded see-through heads-up display.

“We are delighted to see Vuzix introduce its second Snapdragon XR1-based smart glasses product within the past year,” said Said Bakadir, Director of Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Qualcomm Technologies is a strong believer in the smart glasses segment for the enterprise and we’re glad to have our XR technology help drive this forward along with Vuzix’ expertise as they continue to deliver innovations to their family of smart glasses products.”

Paul Travers, President and Chief Executive Officer at Vuzix, commented: “The Vuzix M4000 Smart Glasses were designed to be optically see-through and deliver the best-in-class in enterprise performance that our customers have grown accustomed to experiencing with our XR1-based M400.” Travers added, “This is our first product incorporating our latest advanced waveguide technologies with vastly improved optical performance and efficiency, along with reduced sizing. As powerful a solution as the M400 is for a large percentage of our customer base, we do have numerous significant customers across a wide range of industry verticals that require a completely non-occluded device (“see-through”) for many of their critical manufacturing and remote assistance applications. As we move further into 2020, we expect the M4000 to become a key solution within our smart glasses product family.”

The Vuzix M4000 was unveiled today at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES 2020) in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is expected to enter volume production in the second half of 2020 with a price point of USD $2499.

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