WEST HENRIETTA, NY / ACCESSWIRE / May 9, 2023 / The augmented reality (AR) revolution is here, and the sector seems poised for sustained growth as AR products and applications move from evaluation to adoption across healthcare, logistics, supply chain, retail and other industry verticals. The augmented reality and virtual reality global market is predicted to reach $451.5 billion by 2030 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38.5%.
Major tech companies like Meta Platforms Inc. and Microsoft Corporation have teamed up to develop mixed-reality products, while Apple Inc. is working on AR glasses which it hopes to put into mass production by 2027. However, one company appears to already be leading the charge when it comes to offering a family of lightweight highly functional AR smart glasses, and it is focusing all its attention on designing and introducing even more competitive solutions for both enterprise customers and consumers.
Vuzix Corporation (NASDAQ:VUZI) is a New York-based technology company that specializes in smart glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) products and technologies. As a leader in the field, Vuzix has over 300 patents and patents pending. Its products include a suite of smart glasses and accessories, as well as an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) business that offers engineering services, subsystems and white-label products for clients.
Vuzix recently stated that its product sales reached a record level in the first quarter of 2023 as preliminary revenue for the quarter surpassed $4 million, representing a 60% increase year-over-year (YOY) from Q1 2022's revenue of $2.5 million. This growth was delivered primarily by use for both enterprise and medical applications.
"We expect 2023 will be an exciting year for Vuzix and its shareholders," said Paul Travers, President and CEO of Vuzix, in a recent press release. "We expect to achieve record overall revenues in 2023 fueled by stronger sales of core smart glasses, SaaS solutions and OEM products and engineering services."
An Industry-Leading Product And Solution Suite
Vuzix has worked hard to get to the forefront of the AR developers and manufacturers industry. It now has a top-of-the-line AR product suite as part of its bid to lead the way in the AR market. These include:
Vuzix Blade 2: Smart glasses from the revolutionary Blade line. These glasses are especially suited for frontline and customer-facing workers.
Vuzix M Series: The M-Series features the M400, M400C and M4000 smart glasses that combine peak performance with versatile use. Lightweight and designed for all-day use, the M-Series can be integrated with Android 11, while the M4000 includes Vuzix's see-through, waveguide technology.
Vuzix Shield: An advanced AR product, Shield is the industry's first pair of binocular AR smart glasses that employ waveguides and microLED projectors. These smart glasses pack an 8-core central processing unit (CPU), and integrated stereo speakers and are certified as ANSI Z87.1 impact-rated safety glasses.
Vuzix Ultralite: A CES 2023 award-winning product is a go-to-market ready, turnkey OEM offering designed to fast-track client AR solutions into production. Weighing a mere 38 grams with a single charge 48-hour run time, Ultralite displays information from your phone hands-free to your eye and is a blueprint for the world's most fashion-forward smart glasses.
Vuzix also provides an SAP-certified Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software platform software through its 2022 acquisition of Moviynt®. The software has been deployed at multiple sites of a major global aerospace customer and is undergoing proof of concept evaluations at several new warehousing sites for this customer across the United States and Europe.
To better support customer acquisition and order flow, the company has established a robust network of distributors across the globe over the past few years. This network includes major partnerships in Europe, North and South America, Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. These distributors serve a broad base of customers, spanning field service, logistics and warehousing, supply chain, healthcare, and manufacturing.
Some recent deals have highlighted Vuzix's prominent position in the AR market. Vuzix's technology is being adopted by global health technology platform provider Proxime, which will be using Vuzix M4000™ smart glasses within operating rooms. New or follow-on distributor orders for smart glasses have recently been received from Mace Virtual Labs, Acuraflow,Tabbara Electronics and Xpertinc.
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