Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on innovative industry 4.0 solutions. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising optical head-mounted display startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Optical Head-Mounted Display Startups
Using our StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 1.379.000+ startups & scaleups globally, we looked at innovation in the field of electronics. For this research, we identified 162 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & scaleups developing innovative solutions for head-mounted displays. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 162 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Solos – OHMD for Athletes
The smart wearables market is constantly growing with newer and more innovative products under development. Athletes are among the primary target audience for smart wearables as they provide a range of information vital for athlete performance. Head-mounted displays provide the required information without any distractions and also helps in minimizing injuries.
The US-based startup Solos develops head-mounted displays in the form of smart glasses. The glasses assist athletes by providing them with performance data without them having to move their head or take their eyes off the road. The startup’s solution exploits advances in bio-mechatronics and primarily targets competitive cyclists, as well as runners.
Lynx – Mixed Reality Headset
Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets mainly find applications in gaming, movies, and other forms of entertainment. However, in recent years, developments in AR and VR focus on applications in the industrial, medical, packaging, and automotive sectors. Startups are working on solutions that address challenges facing AR/VR technology, including accurate body position tracking, degrees of freedom for movement, and high costs.
French startup Lynx manufactures a standalone mixed reality (MR) headset for entertainment, medical, industrial, and defense applications. The device features a lightweight design with a large AR field-of-view and is compatible with both indoor and outdoor environments. The system supports six degrees of freedom for tracking including simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), gesture recognition, as well as low-latency eye tracking.
Beyeonics – Medical Head-Mounted Display
The advances in robotics contribute to potentially life-saving innovations, such as robotic-assisted surgeries. These surgeries benefit from the use of OHMDs by surgeons as it improves the level of monitoring during surgeries. It also makes the most relevant data instantly accessible to the surgeons, within their field of view.
Israeli startup Beyonics develops head-mounted displays to assist surgeons with useful visual information. The startup’s technology takes inspiration from the advanced OHMDs in development for the aerospace industry. The platform provides high-resolution 3D images in augmented reality with a latency that is less than 20 milliseconds. It presents live metrics, diagnostic tests, medical records, and more to the surgeons.
Acomoeye – Eye-Tracking for OHMD
The current generation of head-mounted displays focuses more on reducing the weight of the system and improving the quality of images. However, more research is required to reduce the strain on the eyes or to accurately track users’ points of focus. Startups are working on solutions that address the negative effects of straining the eyes, such as discomfort or nausea, to provide a boost to the wider adoption of OHMDs.
Polish startup Acomeye builds hardware and software solutions for accurate eye tracking in OHMDs. The startup’s solution limits effects such as strobe, distortions, and motion blur with eye-tracking technology. The solution is cost-effective and provides statistics regarding eye physiology and neuroscience data.
Holo-Light – Industrial Augmented Reality
Industry 4.0 concepts introduce many novel innovations in manufacturing, such as the use of augmented reality, robotics, and industrial internet of things (IIoT). AR improves the workspace by optimizing and simplifying work and operation by leveraging easily shareable data for collaboration. Industry 4.0 startups are developing OHMDs to suit the needs of various industries including manufacturing, logistics, automotive, aerospace, and construction.
German startup Holo-Light develops augmented reality solutions for the industrial workspace. The startup offers ARES and Stylus AR, an AR software, and an AR input device, respectively. ARES provides useful options for engineering and industrial designers. Stylus XR features precise tracking and is also integrated with artificial intelligence (AI) and interactive streaming for augmented reality (ISAR) software development kits (SDKs) using the cloud or local servers.
What About The Other 157 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence and enable you to achieve your goals faster. The 5 optical head-mounted display startups showcased above are promising examples out of 162 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.