Smart Glasses: Component and Technology Markets: 2014


Dublin, Nov. 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Smart Glasses: Component and Technology Markets: 2014" report to their offering.

Smart Glasses are spectacles embodying the wearable computing concept and either (1) allowing people to see better or (2) acting as an enabling technology for augmented reality (AR). Although currently at an early stage of development, smart glasses have been touted as the next stage of mobile communications - a platform that could eventually replace smartphones. Although Google Glass is currently the poster child for smart glasses at the present time, there may be as many as 30 firms offering smart glasses - or planning to do so - at the present time.

These products differ significantly in their price points and in intended end-user markets. They also embody very different optical technologies, human-computer interfaces and system capabilities. As a result, it is believed that the surge of interest in smart glasses will lead to new business opportunities in the optical components, sensor and semiconductor sectors. While smart glasses face many challenges as commercial products, their success could mean billions of dollars in new revenues for components and sub-systems makers.

Many of the new technologies are being developed by the smart glass firms themselves, but other specialist firms are emerging to provide specialized optical subsystems. This report suggests, that as the smart glasses business matures opportunities for technology and components start ups - some of them will grow to be large businesses, others will fall by the wayside.

Key Topics Covered:

Executive Summary
E.1 Why Smart Glasses Are Exciting for Technology Providers
E.2 Assessment of Technology and Component Opportunities in the Smart Glasses Space
E.3 Eight Likely Influential OEMs and Technology Suppliers in the Smart Glasses Sector
E.4 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of Smart Glasses Components and Subsystems

Chapter One: Introduction
1.1 Background to this Report
1.2 Objective and Scope of this Report
1.3 Methodology of this Report
1.4 Plan of this Report

Chapter Two: Market Requirements: Optical Technologies, Components and Subsystems for Smart Glasses
2.1 Market Expectations and Forecasts for the Smart Glasses Market
2.2 Market and Design Requirements for Smart Glasses
2.3 Optical Alternatives for Smart Glasses: Combiners/Recombiners
2.4 Optical Subsystems
2.5 Curved Mirror: Vuzix, Olympus and Laster
2.6 Diffractive Waveguides: Vuzix
2.7 Holograms: Sony and Konica
2.8 Polarized Waveguide: Lumus
2.9 Switchable Waveguides
2.10 Virtual Retinal Displays
2.11 Notes on Camera and Display Technology for Smart Glasses
2.12 Eight-Year Forecast of Optical Technologies
2.13 Key Points from this Chapter

Chapter Three: Human-Computer Interfaces for Smart Glasses
3.1 HCI Options for Smart Glasses
3.2 Touch-based HCIs in Smart Glasses: Now but Not the Future
3.3 Voice Recognition: A Natural Interface
3.4 Gesture Recognition
3.5 Brain-computer Interfaces
3.6 Eight-Year Forecast of Human-Computer Interfaces and Related Components for Smart Glasses
3.7 Key Points from this Chapter

Chapter Four: Major Smart Glasses Vendors and Subsystems Makers: Technology and Product Strategies
4.1 Introduction
4.2 APX Labs (United States)
4.3 Atheer Labs (United States)
4.4 Brilliant Labs (Japan)
4.5 BuBBles Lab (Romania)
4.6 Canon (Japan)
4.7 Epson (Japan)
4.8 EyeTap (Canada)
4.9 GlassUp (Italy)
4.10 Google (United States)
4.11 Innovega (United States)
4.12 Konica Minolta (Japan)
4.13 LaForge Optical (United States)
4.14 Kopin (United States)
4.15 Laster Technologies (France)
4.16 Lumus (Israel)
4.17 Luxottica (Italy)
4.18 Meta (United States)
4.19 Microsoft (United States)
4.20 Optinvent (France)
4.21 Pivothead (United States)
4.22 Recon Instruments (Canada)
4.23 Samsung (Korea)
4.24 SixthSense (United States)
4.25 Sony (Japan)
4.26 Technical Illusions (United States)
4.27 Thalmic Labs (Canada)
4.28 Vergence Labs (United States)
4.29 Vuzix (United States)
4.30 WeON (Spain)

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