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DigiLens to Develop Reality Solutions for U.S. Government

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 28, 2024 — DigiLens, a developer of optical technologies for VR and AR applications, signed a memorandum of understanding with federal contractor Consolidated Nuclear Security, operator of the Y-12 National Security Complex, to collaborate on extended reality (XR) tech, including VR, AR, and mixed reality (MR), waveguides, and heads-up displays.

DigiLens will collaborate with the Oak Ridge Enhanced Technology and Training Center (ORETTC) to develop technologies in support of U.S. government missions, including the integration of wearable computers and smart glasses to enhance immersion. ORETTC is leading Y-12’s efforts in XR.

Ashley Stowe (left), director of the Oak Ridge Enhanced Technology and Training Center for Consolidated Nuclear Security at the Y-12 National Security Complex, and Chris Pickett (right), CEO of DigiLens. Courtesy of Y-12 National Security Complex.
Ashley Stowe (left), director of the Oak Ridge Enhanced Technology and Training Center for Consolidated Nuclear Security at the Y-12 National Security Complex, and Chris Pickett (right), CEO of DigiLens. Courtesy of Y-12 National Security Complex.
“The Y-12 partnership will focus on advancing sensor integrations and developing a total solutions package … tailored to support advanced maintenance repair and operations, and situational awareness for first responders, maintainers, and operators,” said Brian Hamilton, DigiLens vice president of Sales and Marketing.


According to Y-12, DigiLens’ ARGO AR/XR smart glasses device adheres to many of the requirements for U.S. government AR solutions, such as modularity for future products, high display transparency for improved situational awareness, and low eye glow. The glasses are built to military specifications and compliance-based ruggedization.

“We believe the lightweight size and functionality compared to the bulkier headsets will help adoption of AR within manufacturing where extended use is required,” said Ashley Stowe, director of ORETTC.

Executives with DigiLens said their Crystal30 waveguide is the only one on the market that can hit a consumer price point and enable an advanced, adaptable, scalable manufacturing process with a high yield, low development costs, and small footprint.

According to Stowe, because DigiLens manufactures their waveguides in the U.S. with high-yield processes through International Traffic in Arms Regulations-approved licensees, ORETTC believes DigiLens will be a suitable long-term partner to develop custom AR devices for tactical personal protective equipment and for work in secure environments.


Published: June 2024
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