VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Vuzix Corporation are working
together to bring “first person” Augmented Reality and ALVAR to the next
generation of video eyewear.
VTT and Vuzix Corporation have signed a licensing agreement allowing Vuzix to
embed VTT’s ALVAR Augmented Reality (AR) tracking technology into Vuzix’
augmented reality authoring software. The cooperation has started with Vuzix
launching its first AR-enabled software product, maxReality(TM), which can be
used for designing and viewing AR content viewed through the Vuzix Wrap 920 AR
glasses. maxReality is a plugin for the Autodesk® 3ds Max® product.
has done R&D work in the area of Augmented Reality (AR) for ten years. Its
ALVAR development platform has been used and downloaded by thousands of
developers around the world. The ALVAR Library is a suite of software products
and libraries for creating virtual and augmented reality 3D applications.
of our current focus areas is OEM cooperation with international companies
interested in introducing Augmented Reality features in their own products.
The Video Eyewear technology is crucial in bringing AR to both industrial and
consumer users and we are happy to partner with Vuzix and its leading AR Video
Eyewear in making this possible”, says Customer Manager Harri Nurmi from VTT.
Travers, President & CEO of Vuzix Corporation, commented, “We are very pleased
to be working with VTT to deliver next generation AR platforms for content and
applications. ALVAR provides an excellent tracking tool to enable AR content
and application authoring quickly and easily.”
Vuzix’ AR-enabled Video Eyewear and maxReality software, which uses ALVAR
tracking technology, users have an entirely new platform for visualizing their
work. They are able to transform 3ds Max objects and scenes into first person
AR with little more than a mouse-click. The AR content can then be viewed
through a freely distributed maxReality Viewer application.
Corporation is a leading supplier of Video Eyewear products in the
defense, consumer and media & entertainment markets. The Company’s products,
personal display devices that offer users a portable high quality viewing
experience, provide solutions for mobility, thermal sighting systems, tactical
wearable displays and virtual and augmented reality. With its origins in
defense research and development for next generation display solutions, Vuzix
holds over 51 patents in the Video Eyewear field. The company has won 9
Consumer Electronics Show Innovations Awards, the RetailVision Best New
Product and several wireless technology innovation awards, among others.
Founded in 1997. Vuzix is a public company (TSX-V:VZX - News, OTC:BB: VUZI)
with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan. www.vuzix.com.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is the biggest
multi-technological applied research organization in Northern Europe. It
provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services. From its wide
knowledge base, VTT can combine different technologies, create new innovations
and a substantial range of world class technologies and applied research
services thus improving its clients' competitiveness and competence.
In the field of media technologies VTT’s research topics include media
production and business models, social media platforms utilizing semantics,
mobile and p2p television, linking print to mobile Internet (=hybrid media),
augmented reality, content engineering and visualization, audio & video
analysis and efficient wireless transmission of video, including codecs. www.vtt.fi
also: VTT’s ALVAR Library: