Huawei Patents Folding AR Smart Glasses

APR 27, 2022

Huawei Technologies recently published patents linked to a foldable AR smart glasses device aimed at cutting maintenance costs and offering a slim, compact form factor, Huawei Central reported in April.

The Shenzhen-based firm had initially filed a patent for “a kind of glasses” in February as publication number CN111338082A, leading to the developing solution, the report said.

Huawei Foldable Smart Glasses

Huawei Technologies files patent for foldable AR smart glasses. PHOTO: Huawei Central

In the document, the smart glasses contained waveguide lenses mounted on the device’s frames as well as optomechanical and mainboard modules, according to reports.

The report added the device’s intricate engineering allows its temple assembly to fold, with waveguides activated and fully functional while open.

The news comes after numerous global display companies, including Jerusalem-based tech firm InZiv and Espoo, Finland’s Dispelix, launched waveguide and display technologies aimed at facilitating the growth of the global AR ecosystem.

Rival firms Apple and Meta Platforms have also submitted numerous patents for their respective upcoming devices as rival tech firms aim to compete in the global XR industry.

Huawei Embarks on XR Journey

The news comes as Huawei aims to expand its portfolio of innovative solutions, namely after revealing at a conference in November last year its VR Glass headset.

The new head-mounted display (HMD) is capable of six degrees-of-freedom (DoF), Type-C charging and tethering, and a lightweight form factor of 188 grammes, among other features.

The Chinese tech giant also urged the global telecommunications industry to build use cases for 5G technologies, citing emerging technologies such as VR, AR, and mixed reality (MR).

Speaking at an event in Dubai a month before revealing its VR Glass headset, Ken Hu, Rotating Chairman for Huawei, called on the industry to build XR, business-to-business (B2B) sales, and green telecoms solutions.

The enterprise explained in a report published later in December last year how Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB+) and 6g connectivity speeds could potentially facilitate the Metaverse with novel infrastructure to build “human-centric” use cases.

Huawei recently lost access to key technologies from the United States after Former US President Donald Trump imposed restrictions on semiconductors and 5G components, citing national security concerns. Huawei has repeatedly condemned and denied the claims while focusing on smart home, automotive, and server technologies to circumvent the effects of US sanctions.