Vuzix Collaborates with Eaton to Develop Smart Glasses for Harsh and Hazardous Environments
A press release dated April 26 2019 reveals that AREA member Vuzix has entered into an Joint Development Agreement with power management company Eaton to develop an ATEX intrinsically safe smart glasses solution.
Vuzix is partnering with Eaton for this joint product development because of Eaton’s innovation and expertise in intrinsically safe certifications and solutions for harsh and hazardous areas through its Crouse-Hinds series solutions.
The new ATEX smart glasses will be on display in Eaton’s booth #4838 at the 2019 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) from May 6 to 9 at NRG Park in Houston. Utilizing an interactive experience, visitors will learn about this unique, hands-free solution for efficient and accurate access to information, data collection, and communication.
Vuzix today is currently a leader in enterprise smart glasses and this expansion into a new market segment will further the Company’s position as a leader in wearable enterprise solutions. The ATEX intrinsically safe smart glasses market represents a significant new addressable market for Vuzix that is ripe for innovation and disruption.
Eaton is a leading provider of electrical and instrumentation products for harsh and hazardous environments. Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds series solutions are designed to perform to the highest standard of safety and reliability, keep people safe and keep plants running.
Hazardous atmospheres in the workplace can be caused by flammable gases, mists or vapors or by combustible dusts. These new ATEX certified smart glasses are being designed to work in these challenging environments. At the same time, they will be fully software and accessory compatible with all existing M-series products, which will make for easy deployment of standard M-Series products right alongside their ATEX certified versions within the corporate infrastructure from IT to HR to the worksite.
“Eaton’s expertise in intrinsically safe certifications and solutions for harsh and hazardous locations bring immediate value to the table towards the creation and rapid development of a Vuzix ATEX certified smart glasses platform,” said Paul Travers, President and Chief Executive Officer at Vuzix. “The joint development between Vuzix and Eaton will leverage the expertise of both organizations to manufacture, market and sell industry leading ATEX certified smart glasses.”
Further details on the M-Series ATEX model should be available by mid-summer with shipments expected to commence in fall 2019.
For more information on Eaton, visit www.Eaton.com