Travers sees Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses as 'quite revolutinary'
In an exclusive interview with The Fly, Vuzix's (VUZI) CEO Paul Travers discussed the company's recently signed supply contract with Toshiba (TOSBF, TOSYY) and the completion of FCC and EU CE certification for its Blade Smart Glasses: "Toshiba was building their own pair of smart glasses and they canceled that project and came to Vuzix, and on the enterprise side they asked us if we would build them a pair of smart glasses. That happened and went into production right toward the end of first quarter this year and we've been getting volume orders now from Toshiba for this device and it looks more like a product for enterprise. That's disconnected from the Blade, but Toshiba loves our Blade, quite frankly. We've told everybody in the past that there are things in the works about next generation stuff that will employ Blade. The importance of having FCC and EU CE is that we are now able to sell these things in Europe, North America... And one of the hurdles to doing that was the FCC and these emission things. So, this is the beginning of a rollout of a product that is really going to be quite revolutionary. It's the coolest pair of Smart Glasses that Vuzix has ever made and quite frankly I think nobody has come close to beat them. This is the beginnings of a rollout and move at Vuzix from conventional optics systems that have been around since the days of Copernicus to this brand new technology that just hasn't been in the marketplace in the consumer form. It's a big change for the industry." "Meet the Company" is The Fly's recurring series of exclusive short interviews with Executive Officers to offer a deeper look inside the company. The remainder of this interview to follow. VUZI TOSBF TOSYY