Avegant Introduces Low Profile LED Light Engines For Augmented Reality
VR Report have been following Avegant for quite some time now. The Bay Area-based company, was first founded in 2012 and has raised more than $50 million in funding. Their first consumer product was the Avegant Glyph, however, the company made clear at the time that it was not planning to sell its headsets directly to consumers anymore. In 2018 Avegant fired their CEO and laid off 50% of their employees.
In September 2021, the company announced their latest products, the AG-30L30 º and AG-50L50 º LED light engines. Avegant's 30 º AR light engine utilizes proprietary illumination technology that dramatically reduces engine volume and weight, while maintaining efficiency and MTF. Avegant's next-generation light engine, the AG-50L allows for a wider field of vision and an immersive AR experience. It retains the compact, lightweight glasses form factor that was possible with the AG-30L product.
AR companies have been struggling to produce stylish products while still maintaining high performance and usability. Avegant's unique optical and illumination technology allows the AG-30L and AG-50L to address these issues. These features combined will create a new generation AR glasses with a small form factor.
Avegant will have limited engineering samples of its AG-30L light-engine in the second half of 2021. Avegant will make engineering samples of its AG-50L light-engine in the first half of 2022, with mass production is expected to start in 2023.
Avegant CEO Ed Tang said that Avegant customers had been asking Avegant to enable AR glasses for their customers. Innovation in light engine technology is key to achieving the glasses form factor. Avegant's innovative illumination architectures and optical designs drastically reduce the size of its LED light engines for AR. Avegant is trying to address the biggest problems of their customers by offering a smaller form factor for AR light engines that can be manufactured in a mass-manufacturable manner. Because they are lighter and smaller than other light engines, the company is gaining a lot of attention from the industry. They also perform according to customers' requirements in terms of efficiency, resolution and contrast.