DAQRI, the Los Angeles-based AR headset company, is now shipping its Daqri Smart Glasses to professionals.

Much like Microsoft’s HoloLens, Daqri’s Smart Glasses are targeting professionals in industries like manufacturing, field services, maintenance and repair, inspections, construction, etc.

Selling for $5000 (the same as HoloLens Commercial Suite), Daqri’s Smart Glasses boast a lightweight set of glasses that connect to a discrete body-worn compute pack, a miniature computer containing a 6th generation Intel Core m7 Processor. The headset, which features a 44° field of view, contains a suite of sensors to correctly position you in your environment.

image courtesy Daqri

Daqri previously launched its Smart Helmet last year, a safety helmet-based AR headset which was unveiled at CES 2016 as part of Intel’s keynote. We got a hands-on with the prototype version of the Smart Helmet back at Daqri’s own 4D Expo in 2015, noting that the headset’s thermal imaging (unique to Smart Helmet) seemed surprisingly useful, although it was clear the AR interactions didn’t have the glitz and glamour of more consumer-focused headsets.

Now with its second product heading out the door, the company cites its ability to bring professional-grade AR to scale thanks to a few strategic partnerships, namely Flex and Dell.

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The company has partnered with ‘Sketch-to-Scale’ solutions provider Flex, which Daqri says will “provide global reach and allow DAQRI to meet the needs of each customer’s workforce.” Flex is noted for helping its customers build and scale products in the global marketplace.

For distribution, Daqri has also partnered with Dell to accelerate and improve communication, collaboration, design “and then help drive product lifecycles through build, maintenance, and operations in the field.”

Daqri is also partnered with Autodesk, IBM, Oracle, Siemens, Emerson and others to provide software integration of their respective products.

What’s in the box?

$4,995, the DAQRI Smart Glasses will include:

  • 1 DAQRI Smart Glasses
  • 1 DAQRI Compute Pack with DAQRI Vos Installed
  • Access to developer tools: Vos Extension for Unity
  • OTA Updates
  • Device Management for Enterprises

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  • Using its own modified OS (VOS) and a clip on computer seems like a lot of extra work and support. There are mobiles out there with tried and tested SDK’s available with thousands of developers ready to code bespoke applications.

    Why have they gone down this proprietary route? Surly using cutting edge mobile hardware would have reduced costs and made the product more accessible to a wider audience. Why reinvent the wheel so to speak.

    • NooYawker

      They’re hoping to create their own ecosystem. But being an unknown company will make it difficult. Try explaining to the budget committee why you’re buying these over Microsoft.

      • Yeah, for such a niche market at this moment in time, that’s a bit of a bold move in my opinion. Anyway, good luck to them, all competition helps drive the industry forwards.

      • gregp2000

        why?…because Microsoft will abandon Hololens…like abandoning windows phone. Microsoft can create markets, but the market shifts and Microsoft remains rigid in their developments…ultimately they cannot compete in the markets they create any more because they create products that very few people want or need. Already there are many AR glasses coming to the market at 1/4 the weight and 1/4 the price…and much wider FOV. Microsoft will defend their technology decisions all the way until it is finally scrapped…leaving anyone who went that direction hanging. There are developer kits from some glasses suppliers that work across all platforms now…Windows, Android and IOS…this is the safe route for developers at this point.

  • Lucidfeuer

    Nice design but generally not trusting any manufacturers that doesn’t include straight-up specs (like opacity, battery size, ram etc…)

    • Haley Rose Lierman

      Hi Lucidfeur, please see attached specs for your convenience. Feel free to email me, personally, at haley.lierman@daqri.com with any additional questions you may have. :) These will be live on our website in a short time as well. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dbafb952bcbe7c42f549079ed5dc456e2d0a0c7b3fa5fad6628c1914fca1f971.png

      • Lucidfeuer

        Hi, thanks for the specs sheet, but given this is an AR product I’m not seeing the crucial Opacity rate/percentage?

        • josh

          Hey, I know this is late, but i’ve been developing some future content for the daqri headset and though I do not the official Opacity rate/perc. I can say that when brightness is set to 50%, it is a lot brighter and easier to see the content than other headsets while the absence of content is clear as normal glass. So even though I cant give u specific numbers, rest assured opacity and clarity is a strong point for the daqri.

          • Lucidfeuer

            Well thanks for the feedback.

  • Andres Velasco

    Nothing better for kill a new industry than a forbidding price

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    • These are for enterprise use, not consumers.

  • Peter Hansen

    “Linux-based operating system that is highly optimized for…”

    It’s an all-in-one Android device.