Eye tracking pioneers SensoMotoric Instruments and leaders in augmented reality near-to-eye displays Lumus have joined forces to create an AR experience like no other.
The Lumus DK-50 AR glasses have been fitted with eye tracking cameras and SMI's advanced software to create a solution that is highly reactive to the wearer's gaze. This means, for example, that a courier using the glasses need only look at a QR code on a package to get the delivery address displayed in the waveguide (see through screen), thus minimizing the use of the buttons on the side of the glasses.
Such intuitive and hands-free functionality is set to benefit manufacturing, logistics, technical services, medical and other professional fields.
This modified Lumus DK-50 will be showcased at Augmented World Expo™ (AWE) June 1-2, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.
"The ability to superimpose information and instructions onto real objects gives the wearer the benefit of at-a-glance, attention-based information. In the workplace this could be cargo instructions, patient health data, or machine performance analysis," said Christian Villwock, Director of SMI's OEM Solutions Business.
"Given the augmented reality market is set to be as big as the smartphone market in 5-10 years, we see a wealth of opportunities beyond this collaboration," he added.
Chief Product Officer at Lumus Ltd, Eli Glikman said: "Lumus is always looking for innovative ways to improve the AR experience. Beyond further breakthroughs in our waveguide technology, working with partners like SMI on integrating their market-leading eye-tracking solution is a perfect example of the type of cooperation between two leading innovators that can push the needle further toward mass adoption of augmented reality."
Key to a good AR experience is the individual stereoscopic accuracy with which information is overlaid onto viewed objects. Eye tracking is indispensable in this regard, enabling correct depth perception and in turn, crisp 3D objects.
SMI's collaboration with Lumus is yet another example of its eye tracking integrating with wearable technologies to create a vastly improved user experience. In the area of augmented reality SMI eye tracking has previously been added to the Epson Moverio BT-200. For virtual reality, it has been integrated into the Oculus Rift DK2, the Zeiss VR One and most recently, the Samsung Gear VR.