At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 9th 2018, Flex (NASDAQ: FLEX), the Sketch-to-Scale™ solutions provider that designs and builds Intelligent Products for a Connected World™, has introduced an augmented reality (AR) reference design to reduce time to market for companies making AR devices for enterprise and consumer applications. The reference design uses Atheer's AR interaction model and enterprise software support.
The Flex AR reference design is a complete product specification, including a head-mounted display (HMD), an external processing unit (EPU) and a gesture-based software platform to manage interaction. By customizing the rugged, stable and high-quality Flex AR reference design versus developing their own AR hardware, companies can significantly reduce product development costs and quickly scale manufacturing.
The Flex AR platform incorporates cutting edge technology from partners including the Snapdragon 835 mobile platform from Qualcomm, designed to deliver full-color, 1080p augmented reality experiences. The Snapdragon 835 draws 25 percent less power than previous models, using an advanced 10-nanometer design.
"We know the challenge of designing a cutting-edge platform that can be mass produced," Soulaiman Itani, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Atheer, said in the announcement. "Through our work with Flex, we’ve seen their capabilities, and we’re pleased to help provide a UI system that supports gestures, voice, head motion and Bluetooth wearables for hands-free operation. We are looking forward to Flex enterprise customers being able to experience the out-of-the-box Augmented Reality tools in Atheer's AiR Enterprise™ productivity solution for augmented reality."
The Flex AR platform will ship with a 30-day trial of Atheer AiR™ Enterprise, so customers can immediately start writing workflow guidance for their needs. Flex will provide a full software development kit (SDK) to customers who are building on Android Nougat.