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DigiLens

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DigiLens is a developer of holographic waveguides, which is a clear, thin piece of glass or plastic, used for AR devices. In January 2023, the company launched ARGO, an XR smartglass designed for enterprise and industrial use, the first AR device to utilize Qualcomm’s SnapDragon XR2 platform. Other specifications included 6-degrees of freedom (6-DoF) tracking, a 30-degree field-of-view, spatial audio, a 48MP RGB camera, voice and gaze recognition, access to real-time data visualizations, and a 2,500-nits HD display. 

The company’s first product, the DigiLens Crystal was introduced in 2019, was a thin-film laser-etched photopolymer embedded with microscopic holograms of mirror-like optics. By projecting a micro display to one end of the lens and another set of optics working to guide the light wave toward the eye, this proved to be an ideal piece of hardware for AR devices, which are preferred with as little hardware as possible. 

It claims that its patented optical platform and photopolymer technology coupled with a holographic copy manufacturing process enable it to produce cheaper and more scalable solutions. In April 2023, the company announced the launch of SRG+, a surface relief gratings product that improves upon its waveguide technology.

The company generates revenue by licensing its technology across a range of industries including the automobile, enterprise, consumer, avionics, and military sectors. DigiLens also offers a white-label solution for automotive companies whereby it creates holographic waveguides for windshields that could offer in-cabin experiences for drivers.  


Key customers and partnerships

Key partnerships include that with

1) Phantom Technologies: - Phantom Technology: To integrate Phantom's CASSI Spatial AI assistant into the DigiLens ARGO glasses, providing features such as spatial search, a contextual assistant, and task management using voice commands (October 2023)

2) Wisear: To integrate its neural interface-powered earphones with the ARGO smart glasses (May 2023)

3) Mojo Vision: To utilize Mojo Vision's micro-LED technology to build improved AR glasses (May 2023)

4) Taqtile: To integrate the company's ARGO smart glasses with Taqtile's AR work platform, Manifest (May 2023)

5) OMNIVISION: To develop new XR product offerings (January 2023)

Other partnerships include that with OMNIVISION (January 2023), a leading global developer of semiconductor solutions to develop new XR product offerings. OMNIVISION’s liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) panels allowed DigiLens to build LCOS/LED projectors optimized for its holographic waveguides. OMNIVISION's core camera technology provides DigiLens' devices with features such as visual odometry and six degrees of freedom. 

DigiLens also works with Taiwanese licensed waveguide manufacturer Young Optics, Chinese original design manufacturer and electronics supplier Malata, Korean display manufacturer Sekonix, international technology company Continental, Chinese optical elements manufacturer Crystal Optech, and Mitsubishi Chemical. 

Funding and financials

In April 2022, DigiLens announced the second close of its Series D funding round (intiial close in November 2021) in which it raised USD 50 million at a valuation of USD 530 million. The funds were allocated for the development of DesignV1, its second-generation product.


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Total funding (USD)
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Total addressable market (USD)
100.4 Bn
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Recent Updates

Partnerships
Nov 1, 2023
Phantom Technology partners with DigiLens for AI assistance in AR glasses
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Partnerships
May 29, 2023
DigiLens partners with Wisear to integrate ARGO smart glasses with Wisear’s earphones
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Partnerships
May 23, 2023
DigiLens partners with Taqtile for integration of ARGO smart glasses
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Product updates
Apr 3, 2023
DigiLens announces launch of SRG+ to bolster waveguide technology
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Company Brief


HQ location:
1288 Hammerwood Avenue Sunnyvale CA USA
Founded year:
2003
Employees:
51-100
Total Funding:
USD 160.0 million
Last Funding
USD 50.0 million, Apr 2022

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