Vuzix Wins 4 CES 2018 Innovations Awards for the Blade™ Augmented Reality Smart Glasses

The Vuzix Blade™ leverages our intellectual property patent portfolio and leadership position in the area of optics, head mounted displays and smart glasses, which allows Vuzix to bring to market the world’s smallest and most sleek pair of AR smart glasses ever developed. The Blade weighs in at less than 2.8 oz. and is expected to ship in early 2018.  The Vuzix Blade™ represents the first pair of smart glasses that allows individuals to leave their phone in their pocket while presenting location aware content connected through the user’s phone – among numerous other things.

Augmented Reality on smartphones is one of the most talked about concepts in 2017.  As cool and powerful as this concept is, the phone simply is an unnatural interface for allowing a good AR experience since the user must hold up and point their phone while looking at the phone’s screen for the AR to work. The Vuzix Blade provides a natural view of the real world while allowing augmented reality content to be naturally overlaid on the view without holding onto anything or having to deal with the gyrations required for AR to work on a phone. The Vuzix Blade is a natural evolution for where augmented reality is going to be; and delivered in a form factor that people will not be afraid to wear. 

Users can experience overlaid and AR information such as mapping directions, restaurant menus, weather information, event happenings, stock information, video conferencing, sports updates, social network updates, health metrics…the list can go on and on! Truly revolutionary, Vuzix Blade is the perfect companion to your smartphone that provides hands-free access to all the critical alerts coming off your phone in a pair of glasses that you would actually enjoy wearing.

Vuzix created a short marketing awareness video for the media and potential customers that portrays just a few of its expected features around real-life situations.

“The anticipation around the Vuzix Blade™ has been very strong, and it’s coming from all corners.  From our current development partners, to Fortune 500 companies, to wireless firms, to high fashion retailers and social media giants. Clearly there is robust demand for this kind of device and the Blade and Vuzix are leading the way,” said Paul Travers, President and CEO of Vuzix.

About Vuzix Corporation

Vuzix is a leading supplier of Smart-Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets. The Company’s products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high-quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays and virtual and augmented reality. Vuzix holds 59 patents and 42 additional patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field. The Company has won Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) awards for innovation for the years 2005 to 2018 and several wireless technology innovation awards among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (NASDAQ: VUZI) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer

Certain statements contained in this news release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward looking statements contained in this release relate to the Blade, its features and market demand and among other things, to the Company’s leadership in the Video Eyewear, VR and AR display industry. They are generally identified by words such as “believes,” “may,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “should” and similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are based upon the Company’s beliefs and assumptions as of the date of this release. The Company’s actual results could differ materially due to risk factors and other items described in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Reports and MD&A filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable Canadian securities regulators (copies of which may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). Subsequent events and developments may cause these forward-looking statements to change. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward-looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law.

Media and Investor Relations Contact:

Matt Margolis, Director of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Vuzix Corporation matt_margolis@vuzix.com Tel: (585) 359-5952

Andrew Haag, Managing Partner, IRTH Communications
vuzi@irthcommunications.com Tel: (866) 976-4784

Vuzix Corporation, 25 Hendrix Road, Suite A, West Henrietta, NY 14586 USA,
Investor Information – IR@vuzix.com www.vuzix.com

For further sales, and product information, please visit:

North America:
http://www.vuzix.com/contact/

Europe/UK:
https://www.vuzix.eu/contact/

Asia:
http://www.vuzix.jp/contact.html

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Tim Cook touts the future of AR, says the technology isn’t there yet for AR glasses

During his current trip in Europe, Apple’s Tim Cook sat down with The Independent for a wide-ranging interview. The primary focus of the talk was on ARKit and how Apple has implemented it in iOS and where else it augmented reality could be useful…

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Cook explained that one of the biggest benefits of the iOS ecosystem is how Apple can do the “heavy lifting” by building a framework like ARKit, and then letting developers implement it throughout their apps.

“The way that you get lots of great ideas is for us to do the heavy lifting of the complexity of locational things and software, and put those in the operating system,” says Cook. “And then you have all the developers that are able to put their energy into their passion.”

The ecosystem further helps Apple when in competing with other smartphone manufacturers, Greg Joswiack says:

“Our competitors are trying to mimic what we’ve done,” says Greg Joswiack, Apple’s vice president for iOS, iPad and iPhone marketing. “But they just don’t have that scale we bring to it.”

Cook also noted that Apple has an advantage in that it controls both the hardware and the software o the iPhone, a level of control that competitors don’t have:

That gives Apple an especially strong position because its competitors “don’t control the hardware and software”, Cook says. “It goes to what Apple is about – the integration of those two things, with the App Store on the server side. I think it’s going to be hard for other folks.”

The conversation then shifted primarily to augmented reality in general. Cook likened AR’s affect to that of the App Store, saying that it will be just as “dramatic” as the App Store was for mobile technology. The Apple CEO also noted of how ARKit become “the largest AR platform” instantly because of the existing iPhone user base.

“If it were on a different device then you would never have a commercial opportunity, and without the commercial opportunity you’d never have 15 million people that say, ‘I want to design my passion with AR’.”

By putting it on iPhone, Apple was able to “instantly overnight become the largest AR platform”, Cook says.

Cook also vaguely addressed the rumors that Apple is building a pair of augmented reality glasses, saying that the technology to create such a product isn’t there yet, while noting that Apple doesn’t care about being first.

“But today I can tell you the technology itself doesn’t exist to do that in a quality way. The display technology required, as well as putting enough stuff around your face – there’s huge challenges with that.

“The field of view, the quality of the display itself, it’s not there yet,” he says. And as with all of its products, Apple will only ship something if it feels it can do it “in a quality way”.

“We don’t give a rat’s about being first, we want to be the best, and give people a great experience,” he says. “But now anything you would se on the market any time soon would not be something any of us would be satisfied with. Nor do I think the vast majority of people would be satisfied.”

New details about the cancelled Pilotwings game for Wii, including head tracking glasses peripheral

New details about the cancelled Pilotwings game for Wii, including head tracking glasses peripheral

Posted on September 23, 2017 by Brian(@NE_Brian)
in News, Wii

Factor 5 almost delivered a new Pilotwings game on two separate occasions. The first instance was during the GameCube era, when the studio imagined a title that would have taken place in the real world during the height of the Cold War.

The second time a partnership with Nintendo almost emerged was following Factor 5’s relationship with Sony and after the release of Wii. In contrast to what had been planned for the GameCube, the Wii project had a lighter tone. Factor 5 was interested in creating an open world loosely based on Earth with various aircraft and missions.

One of the most interesting details to have been uncovered is a potential new Wii peripheral. Factor 5 wanted to work with Nintendo on a licensed glasses accessory that would be able to track head movement. By tilting your head, you’d be able to control the in-game camera.

Nintendo ultimately turned down Factor 5’s potential Pilotwings game for Wii. However, the team continued to work on the project, and wanted to rework it into an original IP. The game was first known as Sky internally, then Wii Flight, and later WiiFly. The final name change was WeFly with Nintendo saying that WiiFly would have infringed upon the trademark for the “Wii” series.

Despite Nintendo not signing off on the game as a new Pilotwings, they were still involved somewhat as they allowed Factor 5 to incorporate Miis, worked with them on using data from the Wii Forecast Channel, and were apparently still on board to produce the head tracking glasses. But in the end, the entire game was scrapped after Factor 5 was forced to close.

You can find more details about the cancelled Pilotwings game for Wii from Unseen64 below.

Vuzix Enters Into Strategic Partnership with MPC Energy to Deliver M300 Smart Glasses and

Vuzix’ AR smart glasses will enable the delivery of real-time insights from MPC Energy to operators on the consumption of their energy for systems, machines and devices.  The delivery of real-time insights to the machines via Vuzix smart glasses and Aura, MPC’s smart manufacturing energy management system, will ultimately allow operators to adjust machines and processes in a way that optimizes production and resource consumption in concert with the organization’s goals. 

MPC Energy has been optimizing energy consumption for aluminum, gasoline, food, chemical, glass, electronics and textile manufacturers.  From potato chips to microchips, refineries to foundries; MPC Energy has been shrinking the energy footprints of its global customers and reducing the amount of energy required to produce the products they consume. 

Vuzix will be attending the World Engineering Energy Conference (WEEC) with MPC Energy on September 27-29 in Atlanta, Georgia at Booth #222 to showcase the Vuzix M300 and Aura, MPC’s smart manufacturing energy management system.  

“The team at MPC Energy has established a legacy over the last 37 years in operational excellence and driving productivity and cost savings in over 100 manufacturing plants for its industrial customers,” said Matt Ratteree, President of MPC Energy.  “We’re excited to partner with Vuzix to bring the value proposition of predictive maintenance to our end customers through the use of Vuzix AR Smart Glasses and MPC Aura.” 

“MPC Energy’s next generation management tools paired up with Vuzix M300 smart glasses will drive new business opportunities for Vuzix with some world class customers in the industrial space,” said Paul Travers, President and CEO of Vuzix.

About Modular Process Control LLC “MPC Energy”

Modular Process Control LLC “MPC Energy” http://www.mpcenergyllc.com/ provides energy management solutions. The Company offers cloud-based energy management information system, and energy monitoring services. Modular Process Control operates in the United States.

About Vuzix Corporation

Vuzix is a leading supplier of Smart-Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets. The Company’s products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays and virtual and augmented reality. Vuzix holds 58 patents and 37 additional patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field. The Company has won Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) awards for innovation for the years 2005 to 2017 and several wireless technology innovation awards among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (NASDAQ: VUZI) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer

Certain statements contained in this news release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward looking statements contained in this release relate to success of our relationship with MPC and among other things the Company’s leadership in the Video Eyewear, VR and AR display industry. They are generally identified by words such as “believes,” “may,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “should” and similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are based upon the Company’s beliefs and assumptions as of the date of this release. The Company’s actual results could differ materially due to risk factors and other items described in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Reports and MD&A filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable Canadian securities regulators (copies of which may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). Subsequent events and developments may cause these forward-looking statements to change. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward-looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law.

Media and Investor Relations Contact:

Matt Margolis, Director of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Vuzix Corporation matt_margolis@vuzix.com Tel: (585) 359-5952

Andrew Haag, Managing Partner, IRTH Communications
vuzi@irthcommunications.com Tel: (866) 976-4784

Vuzix Corporation, 25 Hendrix Road, Suite A, West Henrietta, NY 14586 USA,
Investor Information – IR@vuzix.com www.vuzix.com

For further sales, and product information, please visit:

North America:
http://www.vuzix.com/contact/

Europe/UK:
https://www.vuzix.eu/contact/

Asia:
http://www.vuzix.jp/contact.html

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Vuzix Delivers M300 Smart Glasses to Singapore’s SATS to Use AR to Improve Efficiency of Ramp Handling Operations

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Vuzix® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), (“Vuzix” or, the “Company”), a leading supplier of Smart Glasses, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets, is pleased to announce that the Company has delivered M300 Smart Glasses to SATS, a Singapore based leading provider of gateway services and food solutions that provides services at 47 airports and 14 countries across Asia and the Middle East.  SATS, the chief ground-handling and in-flight catering service provider at the Singapore Changi Airport has started using Vuzix M300 Smart Glasses to digitize its ramp handling operations and has begun introducing the technology to 600 of their staff, which should be deployed across their network by mid-2018.

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Using Vuzix smart glasses, SATS ramp handling staff will be able to scan visual markers such as QR codes on baggage and cargo containers to improve the baggage handling process.  SATS ramp handling staff will receive real-time loading instructions, as well as allow the ramp control center a real-time view of on-ground processes.  SATS expects the increase the accuracy and improvement in efficiency of baggage and cargo handling processes for larger wide-body aircraft on average can shorten loading times by 15 minutes per flight.

A video link highlighting the SATS augmented reality ramp operations project can be found here.

About Vuzix Corporation

Vuzix is a leading supplier of Smart-Glasses, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets. The Company’s products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays and virtual and augmented reality. Vuzix holds 58 patents and 37 additional patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field. The Company has won Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) awards for innovation for the years 2005 to 2017 and several wireless technology innovation awards among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (NASDAQ: VUZI) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer

Certain statements contained in this news release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward looking statements contained in this release relate to, among other things, the success of and future business for the M300 with SATS, the Company’s leadership in the Video Eyewear, VR and AR display industry. They are generally identified by words such as “believes,” “may,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “should” and similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are based upon the Company’s beliefs and assumptions as of the date of this release. The Company’s actual results could differ materially due to risk factors and other items described in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Reports and MD&A filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable Canadian securities regulators (copies of which may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). Subsequent events and developments may cause these forward-looking statements to change. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward-looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law.

Media and Investor Relations Contact:

Matt Margolis, Director of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Vuzix Corporation [email protected] Tel: (585) 359-5952

Andrew Haag, Managing Partner, IRTH Communications
[email protected] Tel: (866) 976-4784

Vuzix Corporation, 25 Hendrix Road, Suite A, West Henrietta, NY 14586 USA,
Investor Information [email protected] www.vuzix.com

For further sales, and product information, please visit:

North America:
http://www.vuzix.com/contact/

Europe/UK:
https://www.vuzix.eu/contact/

Asia:
http://www.vuzix.jp/contact.html

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