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Alliance to accelerate AR eyewear app development

The LaSAR Alliance (Laser Scanning for Augmented Reality) is a new ecosystem of developers, suppliers and manufacturers collaborating to develop and accelerate Augmented Reality (AR) smart-glass solutions.

Founding members in the LaSAR Alliance include Applied Materials, Dispelix, Mega1, Osram and STMicroelectronics.

The Alliance will focus on addressing the technical challenges associated with all-day wearable smart glasses - balancing a small, light-weight form factor and extremely low-power operation with good FoV (Field-of-View) and a large eyebox.

The members have come together in recognition that near-to-eye displays based on ST-developed Laser Beam Scanning (LBS) solutions have demonstrated the potential to meet all these requirements.

According to its members the Alliance contains all the foundational elements - a MEMS micro-mirror platform and BCD expertise from ST, compact illumination sources from Osram, advanced waveguide elements from Applied Materials and Dispelix, and the overall integration of these devices into a small optical light engine from Mega1.

The Alliance’s aim is to facilitate the development and support of all key technology elements for rapid AR-enabled smart-glass application creation, adoption, and volume production.

“With its leadership developing and delivering in volume a high-performance, low-power, laser-beam scanning MEMS micro-mirror solution that combines MEMS mirrors, MEMS driver, laser driver, and control software, ST recognised the value of its technology to Augmented Reality and especially to Smart Glasses and Eyewear,” said Anton Hofmeister, Vice President and General Manager MEMS Microactuator Division, STMicroelectronics.

“In working with Applied Materials, Dispelix, Osram, and Mega1 to bring their critical expertise to establish LaSAR, we see a powerful alliance of exceptional technical strength that aims to accelerate the adoption of Augmented Reality in comfortable Smart Glass eyewear through foundational developments.”

Author
Neil Tyler

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