Paul Travers (Vuzix) on Making Small, Lightweight Smartglasses

The Guest

Paul Travers is the Founder and CEO of Vuzix, a leading supplier of smartglasses and augmented reality products for both the enterprise and consumer markets.

Prior to Vuzix, Paul was an engineer at Eastman Kodak, innovating the future of digital cameras. He went on to become and a serial entrepreneur, having started multiple hardware technology companies, including in sound cards for PCs and USB connectivity products.

Vuzix was formed more than 20 years ago, and through it, Paul has seen spatial computing technology evolve from the early days of VR in the mid-1990s, to the highly capable AR smartglasses of today.

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The Conversation

In this conversation, Paul talks about that market evolution and the current state of the art from Vuzix.

As a company, Vuzix focuses on the form factor as a critical design element when creating their products, and Paul disagrees with the alternative approach of creating large, bulky headsets that are difficult to wear for extended periods of time.

Paul goes on to discuss the use cases that will drive early consumer adoption, and the potential impact of Apple releasing their own pair of smartglasses.

We also debate the pros and cons of displays technologies, including DLP, laser beam scanning, and micro LED, as well as the tradeoffs of having a single display versus glasses with displays covering both eyes.