ROCHESTER, NEW YORK-- (April 12, 2011) - Vuzix Corporation (TSX-V:VZX, OTC:BB:VUZI FWB: V7X) ("Vuzix" or, the "Company"), today announced that it has formed a marketing and development partnership with metaio, the leader in the field of professional Augmented Reality (AR) software systems, to deliver head mounted display (HMD) solutions for their customers. The two companies will work together to identify and deliver customer solutions that require both metaio's AR software capability and Vuzix's line of AR enabled Video Eyewear.
Paul Travers, President of Vuzix, commented, "Both metaio and Vuzix are leaders in and at the forefront of AR markets with highly complementary offerings. With Vuzix providing its award winning Video Eyewear products and engineering services and metaio providing its leading software platforms and software engineering capability, we believe that together wecan better address this rapidly emerging market need."
metaio and Vuzix have identified a number of common customers that require integrated hands-free HMD solutions for applications such as marketing and advertising, assembly, maintenance, on-site and on the factory floor problem solving, training and education and entertainment. On a non-exclusive basis, the two companies will work with each other to assist customers in developing and delivering such solutions.
Added Roman Hasenbeck, Director Business Development, metaio Inc., "Our company hasprovided AR software for over 8 years and Vuzix is the first company to deliver a complete line of AR-enabled Video Eyewear, which includes both digital and optical see-through glasses that are high resolution and easy to wear. These are essential features for our customers. We believe that with Vuzix, we will finally be able to satisfy the needs of our many customers and partners for a hands-free solution."
As part of the new relationship each will become members of the respective company's Premier Developer Partner network. metaio's Unifeye® software suite is compatible with Vuzix's most recent software development kit (SDK) and being a part of each other's partnernetwork will entitle each company to previews and advance release product to ensure seamless integration on future releases. Vuzix will also attend metaio's InsideAR 2011 Fairto be held September 26 to 27, 2011 in Munich, Germany.
Vuzix is a leading supplier of Video Eyewear products in the defense, consumer and media & entertainment markets. The Company’s products, personal display devices that offer users a portable high quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, thermal sighting systems, tactical wearable displays and Virtual and Augmented Reality. With its origins in defense research and development for next generation display solutions, Vuzix holds over 51 patents in the Video Eyewear field. The Company has won 9 Consumer Electronics Show Innovations Awards, the Retail Vision Best New Product and several wireless technology innovation awards, among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzi is a public company (TSX-V: VZX - News, OTC: BB: VUZI, FWB: V7X) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan. For more information visit: www.vuzix.com
The worldwide leader in Augmented Reality (AR) research and technology, Metaio develops software products for visually interactive solutions between the real and the virtual world. Based on the Metaio Augmented Reality platform, digital and 3-D content can be integrated seamlessly into the real world through the user’s camera view. Serving over 100,000 developers and powering over 1,000 apps for enterprise, marketing, retail, publishing and industrial cases, over 30 Million consumers use Metaio’s AR software. Learn more at www.metaio.com
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