Lumus, an augmented reality eye wear company, is taking augmented reality to another level with their OE-31 (optical engine). The new engine is compatible with any type of eye wear from reading glasses to sports goggles. It can allow users to view text messages, games, or a web browser in a full color 640X360 picture. Additionally, it features a 19 degree field of view with 78 percent transparency. Viewing content through the OE-31 engine glasses is equivalent to viewing a 40 inch TV from a distance of ten feet, it will look small. The lower resolution will help get this device to market fast at an affordable price.
The engine is smaller than a quarter and weighs just 10 grams, making it close to unnoticeable while using. It will be available in binocular and monocular displays to combine head up content, transparent displays, and augmented reality. Products it could be integrated into may be very interesting, possibly a new type of GPS system that runs from your glasses.
However, Lumus will be facing some competition as Audi and BMW are both creating heads up display designs and Google looking to develop a similar engine for eye wear. I do question the major push with this tech. Almost every wearable eye display based computer has disappeared from the market, becoming mere footnotes in history. I have a feeling this one may follow suit.