Kopin, North and RealWear named as IDC innovators for head-mounted displays

Kopin, North and RealWear named as IDC innovators for head-mounted displays VR 360 is a news, analysis and opinion site devoted to virtual reality technology, promoting thought leadership from leading brands and platforms and collaborating with industry bloggers to deliver insight, reviews and strategy for all aspects of the ecosystem, from developers to CIOs.

In its latest report, titled IDC Innovators: Augmented Reality Head-Mounted Displays for Commercial Use, 2019, market intelligence firm IDC has profiled three companies, namely Kopin, North, and RealWear, that have developed AR head-mounted displays (HMDs) for commercial use.

  • Kopin is a Massachusetts-based electronics manufacturer whose HMDs feature a voice interface for hands-free interaction
  • North is a Canadian firm backed by Intel Capital, Spark Capital, and the Amazon Alexa Fund. North is known for developing eyeglasses that look like regular wearable, but offers a holographic display to bring information into view for the wearer
  • RealWear is a California-based company, known for developing HMDs that leverage noise cancellation and voice recognition to drive 100% hands-free interaction for any environment

Tom Mainelli, group VP of Devices and Consumer Research at IDC, said: “As more companies explore the opportunities that augmented reality brings to the enterprise, the search for the right hardware for the job continues. Large firms such as Microsoft and Epson are often the first place IT buyers look (and for good reason). However, there are also smaller firms doing innovative work to bring products to market that fulfil the needs of IT buyers.”

In early July, RealWear raised $80m (£63.35m) in a series B funding round led by industrial automation company Teradyne to continue its expansion and accelerate its platform development. In the last 18 months, RealWear has shipped over 15,000 HMT-1 ruggedised systems, made more than 1,300 enterprise customers across the world, and developed more than 120 workforce software applications.

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