Two global tech firms join forces to make augmented reality headsets in Ireland

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  • DAQRI, the LA-headquartered technology firm that set up its European HQ in Ireland in 2015, and Flex, the US hardware maker that also has operations on the island of Ireland, have signed a new partnership agreement that will see the two companies join forces to manufacture DAQRI’s augmented reality headsets at the Flex hardware facility in Cork. 

    DAQRI’s new Smart Glasses, which are powerful, lightweight augmented reality headsets that have been specifically designed for use in commercial, clinical and industrial settings including the medical, engineering, construction, and manufacturing sectors, will begin to roll off the production lines in Ireland before the end of the summer.

    "The pace of growth across our Augmented Reality platform continues to accelerate," said DAQRI founder and CEO Brian Mullins. "It's now time for DAQRI to scale operations to meet our customer demand. By working with Flex, not only do we get access to a global system of production and logistics, but we get a true innovation partner as we build the future of Augmented Reality. That's very powerful." 

    "Augmented Reality continues to gain momentum in both consumer and enterprise markets," added Mike Dennison, president, Consumer Technologies Group at Flex. "We are excited to be partnering with DAQRI, a leader in AR innovation that is focused on delivering technologies that redefine what is humanly possible."

    While most augmented reality and virtual reality headsets currently being developed are intended for the consumer market, DAQRI Smart Glasses are designed to meet the needs of business and enterprise users, providing the wearer with a visual computing system where real-world views can be overlaid with project data, blueprints, plans and schematics, or other instructions and guides. 

    Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, DAQRI Smart Glasses also feature a ‘remote expert mode’ that enables experts, such as surgeons, designers or engineers, to remotely access and write on their co-worker’s field of vision, helping them to provide less experienced colleagues with expert guidance and instructions without the need to be physically present.

    Flex currently employs almost 200 people at its hardware facilities in Cork, while DAQRI employs around 30 software developers and hardware engineers at its European headquarters in Dublin.

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