Third Eye partners with 3D Media on US Air Force programme

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The X2 MR Glasses from Third Eye are billed as the world’s smallest and set at a considerably lower price point than several competitors

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➨ The partnership follows 3D Media being awarded a $1 million small business innovation research grant from US Air Force programme AFWERX

➨ The immersive tech firm chose Third Eye’s X2 MR Glasses for its research and development programme

➨ Flight crews and flight line maintainers can connect with experts in any environment via the glasses’ built-in proprietary 3D SLAM

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New Jersey-based ThirdEye Gen has partnered with 3D Media, a technology development firm that specialises in VR and AR solutions for enterprise, to improve training and human performance for US Air Force flight line maintainers and crews.

3D Media was awarded a $1 million small business innovation research grant from US Air Force programme AFWERX last year to build AR tools to improve training for airmen.

The immersive tech firm chose Third Eye’s X2 MR Glasses for its research and development programme, along with a larger deployment into the US Air Force and Department of Defense.

“The X2 MR Glasses align with the military’s needs, from its industrial capabilities, platform built for working applications, and ability to connect with subject matter experts in harsh environments,” according to the announcement of the partnership.

By wearing the X2 MR Glasses, which are billed as the world’s smallest and set at a considerably lower price point than several competitors, flight crews and flight line maintainers can connect with experts in any environment via the glasses’ built-in proprietary 3D SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) system and computer-aided design modelling and overlay.

The glasses, running on the latest Android operating system, also take screenshots and enlarge images for better visibility. Flight crews and maintainers are then able to open and view documents via voice command, while working hands-free and wirelessly through their 5G capabilities.

Nick Cherukuri, founder and chief executive officer of ThirdEye, commented: “As more of the world’s military adopt AR and MR solutions to better support the training and work of personnel, we’re honoured to be working with 3D Media to contribute to the US Air Force’s efforts and increase the safety of our airmen.”

“From our previous work in the military, ThirdEye’s X2 MR Glasses have undergone drop tests, so we know it’s ready to support airmen however needed, no matter where they are.”

Daryl Roy, founder and chief executive officer of 3D Media, continued: “When we go into a project, we never assume what the outcome is going to be—the answer comes from collaborating with other experts. By partnering with ThirdEye, we’re arming airmen with X2 MR Glasses to significantly improve their day-to-day.”

“I believe that augmented reality’s largest opportunity is in the area of human performance, where there’s no margin for error. ThirdEye has proven to be successful in military environments, and with life and death literally on the line, it’s important to arm our military personnel with the best.”

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