Verizon Communications Inc. reached an agreement with Vuzix Corporation to deliver an immersive, augmented reality experience in the sports and gaming arena. Per the deal, Vuzix will aim to leverage Verizon’s 5G and edge computing technologies for AR experiences in its Shield smart glass. The collaboration is the culmination of a proof-of-concept program that was completed in 2021, which demonstrated the power of Verizon’s 5G and edge computing platform on Vuzix smart glasses in terms of improved response time, longer battery life, and increased computing capacity.
“5G and edge compute are important elements to ultimately deliver low latency and optimal performance of powerful smart glasses-based applications,” said Paul Travers, Chief Executive Officer at Vuzix. “We’re excited to further our relationship with Verizon to leverage Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network and our award-winning Vuzix Shield smart glasses to deliver new cutting-edge augmented reality experiences to sports and games.”
The super-fast 5G technology and edge computing are critical elements for delivering low latency optimal performance in smart glasses-based applications. Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network hinges on three fundamental drivers to deliver the full potential of next-generation wireless technology. These include massive spectrum holdings, particularly in the millimeter-wave bands for faster data transfer, end-to-end deep fiber resources, and the ability to deploy a large number of small cells.
Headquartered in West Henrietta, NY, Vuzix offers AR wearable displays, smart glasses, and computing devices for consumer and enterprise markets across the globe. It holds 243 patents and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field.