The system, called PogoAR, is being developed as a “first-of-its-kind binocular AR system” that works seamlessly with most existing eyewear styles to provide a convenient, fashionable, and easily portable AR platform. It is based on a proprietary binocular vision system that attaches to the top of an eyeglass frame.
“There are 2.6 billion wearers of prescription eyewear in the world today, and far more if non-prescription sunglasses are included,” says Brendan Sheil, PogoTec’s CEO. “And every year over 300 million pair of new eyewear are sold. PogoAR is a natural extension of PogoTec’s product strategy, enabling consumers with another innovative wearable device attachable to eyewear.”
PogoAR is being designed for the consumer and enterprise markets, says the company, which recently announced the hiring of Svetlana Samoilova – previously Senior Director of Engineering of HoloLens at Microsoft – as Vice President of Augmented Reality. While at Microsoft, Samoilova was responsible for system integration of HoloLens, engineering of advanced and new technologies, early prototyping, HoloLens peripherals, firmware development, and hardware design verification.
“Augmented reality is changing the way we see our world and the market for AR is growing significantly,” says Samoilova. “I’m excited to lead the team that is creating the first consumer friendly, lightweight and economical binocular AR system that is attachable to nearly all eyewear.”
With PogoAR, one or two versions will be able to attach to the vast majority of eyeglass frame styles, and it will work with both clear prescription eyeglasses and non-prescription sunglasses. Multiple patent applications have been filed.
In November, PogoTec launched its PogoCam electronic wearable device attachable to eyewear (shown in image). A small, lightweight, easily removable eyewear camera, PogoCam captures photos and HD videos.
Availability of PogoAR was not announced.
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