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AR/XR device vendors embracing enterprise segment, says Digitimes Research
Summer Kuo, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei

AR/VR device and solution providers are embracing the enterprise market by rolling out gadgets and solutions for industrial and commercial usage - a trend demonstrated by an array of products at the recently concluded AWE (Augmented World Expo) 2019.

Among the 250 exhibitors participating in the annual event, Qualcomm was highlighting a wired solution for connection between handset and XR (mixed reality) head-mounted display (HMD) devices. The wired connection, defying the industry trend for standalone XR devices, will effectively lower the hardware specs for XR HMD devices, helping accelerate the development of XR products.

To address the issue related to the weight of AR headsets, US-based DigiLens exhibited a plastic optical module that is able to reduce significantly the weight of headsets, and Finland-based Dispelix also showcased a waveguide product which is much lighter than the current models.

High-end MR devices exhibited by Vrgineers and Varjo were equipped with external lenses to meet the need of app developers to grasp real-case scenarios.

OEM makers are also enhancing their presence in the enterprise segment, as demonstrated by Pegatron who highlighted its wireless AR headset, the AiR, and by Lenovo who showcased its next-generation enterprise-use ThinkReality A6 device.

Logitech also introduced its 3D graphics devices that are designed to reduce developers' workloads to frequently switch 2D/3D working environments. Meanwhile, HP unveiled a workstation-type VR backpack catering to the need of professional users.

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