13 December 2017
Apple manufacturing partner Quanta Computer has partnered with Israel-based augmented reality company Lumus to manufacture lenses for smart glasses.
Lumus designs display for AR glasses and will partner with Quanta for manufacturing purposes. During a recent interview, Lumus CEO Ari Grobman said Quanta, which led a $45 million investment in Lumus in 2016 is planning to produce AR lenses for other tech companies as well.
"This means that the most expensive key enabling technology in the AR glasses teardown will now be affordably priced, effectively bringing down the overall cost of consumer AR glasses," Grobman said in an interview. "Quanta has suggested that full AR headsets would be priced for less than the cost of a high-end cell phone. That’s a big deal.”
Apple has been working on an AR headset that is expected to integrate with digital assistant Siri. The headset will be able to display maps and text messages to the wearer, according to reports. The Cupertino tech giant is expected to have its AR technology ready by 2019 and will plan a release in 2020. Lumus says that their first headsets will reach the market within 12 to 18 months.
Leung, Quanta’s vice chairman, recently stated that his company is "working on an AR project and have studied the optical technologies that AR devices have needed since two years ago." "Currently, we see such a device available in the market no later than the year 2019," he reportedly said.