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May 22, 2018

DigiLens Announces New Two-Layer AR Waveguide Display for Smart Helmets

On the heels of a $25 million Series C fundraising round, DigiLens introduces a new waveguide eyeglass display for AR applications–constructed from only two inkjet coated grating layers. It’s thinner, lighter, brighter, and significantly lower in cost.

 

SID DISPLAY WEEK  — LOS ANGELES, CA — May 22, 2018: DigiLens Inc., the Silicon Valley-based company revolutionizing AR displays through innovative waveguide optics and proprietary materials, announced its eagerly anticipated two-layer augmented reality (AR) waveguide display. The DigiLens MonoHUD is now thinner, lighter and can be manufactured at a much faster pace, resulting in a breakthrough in affordability.

The new DigiLens MonoHUD waveguide eyeglass display for AR applications is constructed from only two inkjet coated grating layers. It’s now thinner, lighter, brighter, and significantly lower in cost.

For smart helmet applications being developed by industry leaders, the MonoHUD provides motorcycle and bike riders with distraction-free content directly in their line of sight, so they can keep their eyes focused on the road ahead. Bike speed, gear change, fuel and oil level status can all be monitored, along with maps, real-time accident warnings, music and other non-distractive smartphone applicationsall without looking down at their smartphone.

In addition to the new two-layer display that replaces the original three-layer design, DigiLens announced it had begun using a new inkjet coating manufacturing process with significantly increased throughput. Both innovations will lead to more parts from the manufacturing line, higher contrast and significantly less cost. The high efficiency of the DigiLens waveguide allows riders to see crystal-clear terrain, mixed with daylight-bright content ideal for outdoor applicationsa game-changer compared with other conventional display solutions.

“The increased quality of the two-layer display and the reduction in manufacturing complexity is crucial for our customers,” said DigiLens CEO Chris Pickett. “It lowers the production costs and allows them to get product to market quicker. We are already seeing several innovative use cases like motorcycle HUDs and are seeking developers to show us what’s next.”

Young Optics, a leading display manufacturer, is one of the first to license the DigiLens MonoHUD, and will soon be supplying it at high volume. Sena, an industry leader in Bluetooth communications for motorcycle and action sports, is working with Young Optics to integrate the DigiLens display and its communication system into helmets to allow riders to view their phone and dash information through the display.

“We are proud to be working with the world’s top motorcycle and technology manufacturers in order to create innovative and cutting-edge solutions,” said Sena CEO Tae Kim. “By offering the MonoHUD display alongside our premium Bluetooth technology, we are giving riders a safe and next-generation riding experience and look forward to our continued work with Young Optics and DigiLens.”

The MonoHUD AR display is full color, nHD image resolution and an unobscured user field-of-view of 105°, and AR display field-of-view of 25° diagonal. It has a maximum brightness of 8,000 nits and up to eight hours of battery life due to outstanding waveguide efficiency.

DigiLens’ new two-layer MonoHUD waveguide display technology will be demonstrated at The Society of Information Display’s Display Week in Los Angeles from May 22 – May 24 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Meeting Room #10.

About DigiLens

DigiLens is a leader in holographic waveguides used for augmented extended reality (XR) displays. The company has developed a patented optical platform and photopolymer technology that delivers best-in-class solutions using a unique, low-cost contact-copy manufacturing process. DigiLens enables OEM partners to design and build XR-enabled devices for the global automobile, enterprise, consumer, avionics, and military industries. Based in Sunnyvale, CA, DigiLens investors include industry leaders UDC Ventures, Samsung Ventures, Niantic Labs, Sony Innovation Fund, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation, Continental AG, and more. For more information about the company, please visit www.DigiLens.com.

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