Vuzix to supply Blade smart glasses for elevated temperature detection

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When paired with the Vuzix Blade, Feevr users will receive a real-time alert on the heads-up display of the smart glasses

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➨ X.Labs has selected Vuzix’s Blade as the optional smart glasses companion for Feevr
➨ Feevr allows users to identify individuals who may require further medical examination through the detection of an elevated temperature
➨ Vuzix said separately that it expects significant interest in its smart glasses during 2020

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New York State-based Vuzix Corporation is supporting the fight against the global coronavirus pandemic through use of its Blade smart glasses for an AI-based system that screens and detects individuals in a crowd that have an elevated temperature.

X.Labs, developer of the SWORD mobile weapon detection system, has selected Vuzix’s Blade as the optional smart glasses companion for Feevr, which uses a thermal imaging camera and an AI-based mobile app integrated with an Android device.

Feevr allows users to identify individuals who may require further medical examination through the detection of an elevated temperature, which is one of the key indicators of an infectious disease such as the coronavirus (Covid-19).

The solution comes with a thermal camera and other essentials. When paired with the Vuzix Blade, Feevr users will receive a real-time alert on the heads-up display of the smart glasses.

X.Labs will begin shipping Feevr units to customers from 26 March.

Barry Oberholzer, founder and chief executive officer of X.Labs, commented: “Vuzix Blade provides a see-through display that allows our customers to receive real-time alerts from our Feevr solution while staying engaged with their environment.” 

Paul Travers, president and chief executive officer at Vuzix, added: “Vuzix is excited to be working with the X.Labs to provide a smart glasses solution that can deliver critical information on demand as needed to Feevr users.”

Poised for growth in 2020

Vuzix, meanwhile, has revealed an 18% decrease in revenue to $6.7 million during the 2019 financial year.

The smart glasses maker said this drop in revenue was due to price reductions on the M300XL and Blade, as well as customer deferrals following the production and delivery of the newer M400 smart glasses that commenced in late 2019.

Travers said Vuzix is well-positioned to achieve significant top-line growth in 2020, in part thanks to the current global environment.

He said: “[W]hile the current global economic and public health issues indicate some potential challenges for all of us, we feel our products and services will be successful even in these environments as there has never been a better time to work hands-free and remotely with AR smart glasses than today.”

“Our smart glasses and the many video conferencing applications that work with them are tailor-made for reducing the need for travel and helping to maintain remote operations. Clearly, overall industry momentum is building as customers recognise the value of AR glasses and are increasingly gravitating toward the most wearable and functional products available.”

As part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and the increasing need for remote working solutions, Vuzix has begun offering free access to Librestream’s secure remote expert assistance software.

Librestream’s Onsight Connect AR platform will be provided to Vuzix M400 smart glasses customers to help companies facing business continuity and worker safety challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.

Access for qualified new customers will be at no charge for a limited period, Vuzix said.

Image: Feevr
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