Beware, Glass! Lumus, a military contractor, seeks to bring F-16 tech to smart glasses

The manufacturer behind the helmet heads-up displays of the F-16 fighter jets, Lumus, announced that it's going to make its military eyewear technology available for smart glasses manufacturers very soon. The company unveiled its new wearable display development kits, the DK-32 and DK-40, as well as an Optical Engine Module. While these kits are still under development, the latter will soon be available to those manufacturers that want to implement Lumus' technology into their own smart glasses.

The first development kit that Lumus showed was the DK-40 – a standalone system, which consists of a monocular VGA display with a 25-degree field of view, an OMAP processor, a motion sensor with 9 degrees of freedom, and a 5MP camera. The whole shebang is powered by Android. Lumus says that any Android smartphone might be used as a remote control for the DK-40 thanks to the latter's programmable application processor.

The other wearable development kit, the DK-32, is a binocular system that comes with dual 720p displays. The kit is not only 3D-compatible, but also supports HDMI.

Both the DK-40 and the DK-32 use the Optical Engine Module, developed by Lumus. This module consists of a Light-guide Optical Element (LOE) and a Micro-display Pod. The Micro-display Pod is housed into the temple of the smart glasses and projects the image directly into the LOE. The latter consists of a thin lens (1.6mm), which displays the image in front of the user's eyes. The LOE is touted as being similar to "watching a 87" screen from a distance of 10 ft".

Lumus states that the lens won't cause any diziness or fatugue to the human eye, because the LOE uses sophisticated methods to perfectly align the projected image. A similar technology is used in the head-up displays, which the company manufactures for the helmets of the F-16 fighter jets.

The company says that the DK-32, the DK-40, and the Optical Engine Module will be sold to manufacturers only.

source: Lumus via Pocket-lint



1. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013


8. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Indeed, very tight.. I think the user bumped the guy in the last picture when that BIG message window appeared. Ha! Imagine that happening during a rush hour drive..

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

To be honest, I think that Google Glass is the most uninteresting "glass" devices we have right now. Next year it will be nothing.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That is funny because the current crop of "wannabe" Glass devices are over promising and likely going to not be ready for average consumers for half a decade. Google has been at this at the software and hardware level for a while now and likely have their ducks in a row where as other manufacturers are just now jumping on board and coming up with concepts such as this. There is a world of difference between imagination and reality and as much we would love for all of this to happen now, it will take a while longer still.

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Some of them are reality

3. Sauce unregistered

Until all of these companies get their friggen' design team right, I don't think I'll be purchasing any wearables for my face any time soon. Seriously though, every smart glass looks so ugly.. Let's leave it to Apple Samsung or Sony to get it right. They'll probably get the tech and aesthetics right to actually allow the lens to be on the "bridge" instead of an ugly brick on the side of my face.

6. ausnote2

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

this looks promising and definitely competitor to google glass. can't wait for release

9. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

i wish it had a lock-on feature

10. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

So do we.

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