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OPTINVENT: Enabling Next Generation Displays
法商OPTINVENT推出下一代顯示技術

On the occasion of a Press Conference to be held in Taiwan on 4th May, 2011 French company OPTINVENT will present the characteristics of its 3D technology packaged in a module called “Clear-Vu”.

OPTINVENT S.A. of Rennes, France has developed a new technology packaged in a module called “Clear-Vu” with a see-through feature for 3D capable augmented reality video glasses. Clear-Vu is a paradigm shift in the way mobile content is consumed. The company will showcase its products at Computex Taipei 2011 from 31st May to 4th June in a private area by invitation only.

Rather than surfing the web, playing games, or watching video on the tiny screen of a mobile device, Clear-Vu gives the user a transparent big screen mobile experience. Moreover, it is 3D capable thus enabling true stereoscopic mobile 3D applications. Due to the see-through feature, Clear-Vu also enables a myriad of augmented reality applications.

Other See-through techniques exist, but suffer from either high cost or low performance (image quality, low brightness efficiency, color issues, weight, size, etc.). Clear-Vu uses low cost molded plastic components that allow low weight and an attractive form factor. This allows Clear-Vu to be the only viable solution of this type for consumer applications and makes it an enabling platform for a rich variety of 3D mobile content and AR applications.

For further information, please visit: www.optinvent.com

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Optinvent S.A. Company Profile

COMPANY CORE BUSINESS
B to B Sales of “Clear-Vu” display modules to OEM’s: Clear-Vu is a See-Through wearable display platform with many applications such as Mobile Augmented Reality, Mobile 3D Video glasses, and Head Up Display equipped Helmets (avionics/military/motorcycle). Optinvent will sell the Clear-Vu modules to branded OEM customers who will in turn integrate it into their finished products.

PRODUCTS / SERVICES
Clear-Vu is a paradigm shift in the way mobile content is consumed. Rather than surfing the web, playing games, or watching video on the tiny screen of a mobile device, Clear-Vu gives the user a mobile large screen experience. Moreover, it is 3D capable thus enabling stereoscopic mobile 3D applications. Due to the see-through feature, Clear-Vu also enables a myriad of true augmented reality applications. By wearing a pair of glasses equipped with the Clear-Vu technology (rather than constantly holding a camera phone in front of him) the user will experience full rich augmented reality in a comfortable way. Clear-Vu uses low cost molded plastic components that allow low weight and a thin form factor. This allows Clear-Vu to be the only viable technology of this type for consumer applications. Furthermore, Clear-Vu can be used for other applications where there is a need for a hands free and/or head-up display of information (aviation, military, motorcycle, etc.). In conclusion, Clear-Vu is a platform that will enable a rich variety of mobile content and applications that can only exist with the advent of this product segment (see-through wearable display).

INNOVATION / DIFFERENCE
Optinvent has developed a new technology packaged in a module called “Clear-Vu” with a see-through feature for video glasses. The current state-of-the-art today for video glasses is the use obstructive optical systems that don't allow the user to see through the display and therefore cannot be used in the mobile environment. Another disadvantage of such “immersive” systems is that certain users experience motion sickness since they cannot perceive their surrounding environment.

The technology has been under devvelopment since early 2008. The proof of concept phase has been passed and the main components have been molded. There is still a few steps before the industrialization phase is complete.
Other See-through techniques exist, but suffer from either high cost or low performance (image quality, low brightness efficiency, color issues, weight, size, etc.).
There are currently 4 patents on the Clear-Vu technology

MARKET / CLIENTS
Mobile Handset makers. PC accessory makers. Military and Professional customers (all B to B).
Market Size: Massive (10’s of millions of units). This is the creation of a new product segment. We are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.
Several competing technologies exist from Sony, Nokia, Lumus, Vuzix but these are not viable for consumer products.

GROWTH OUTLOOK
Business Model: Sales of Modules to branded OEM customers / handset makers (B to B) via direct sales and with the use of territorial agents.
3 year Target: 30M€ in revenues from sales of modules to both consumer and professional markets.

STAFF
The management staff (Kayvan Mirza CEO and Khaled Sarayeddine CTO) bring 20 years of industry experience to the company.

Kayvan Mirza the CEO is well versed in international activities having managed multi-million dollar “Asia-Centric” B to B businesses. He is a US citizen and has worked both in the US and in France. Previously he directed component businesses in Paris, France for Thomson Multimedia. In 2004 he successfully set up and ran an optical component business from scratch. Preceding the optical activity, he ran an RF component business worth 60M€ with two R&D centers (Singapore and Germany), manufacturing in Indonesia, and a worldwide sales force concentrating specifically on Asia (Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan). He holds a BSEE degree from University of Illinois and an MBA from Depaul.

Khaled Saryeddine the CTO has 20 years of experience in Optics and is known and highly respected for his expertise in industry circles. He has chaired several industry consortiums and is a leading figure in the Optical field of Microdisplay based projection systems. He is well versed in industrial methods and has developed a wide ranging network of long term supplier partnerships. He holds a PHD in Optics from Université de Franche Comté in France.

EXISTING PARTNERSHIPS / SUPPORT
Many long term suppliers/manufacturers of key components and a well developed customer base mostly in Asia.
Development of a customized version of Clear-Vu for a major handset maker.
European and French funded research projects with partners such as Thales, ST Micro, LETI, Alinea Aeronautica, Deihl Aerospace, Merc, etc.


法國公司Optinvent將於2011年5月4日在台灣舉行的記者招待會上展示其3D技術組件Clear-Vu的獨特功能。

設於法國雷恩的Optinvent 公司研發了一項全新的技術組件,稱為Clear-Vu,它配備透明顯示功能,可支援3D增強實境視像眼鏡。該組件將於2011年5月31日至6月4日的台北國際電腦展期間在私人場地展示其產品。

Clear-Vu徹底革新了觀看手提電話內容的方式。相比利用手提電話的小屏幕上網、玩遊戲,或觀看視像內容,Clear-Vu為用戶提供了手提電話的大屏幕式使用體驗。此外,Clear-Vu更透過3D功能,支援手提電話3D應用。Clear-Vu的透明性更令其可支援大量真正的增強實景應用。

雖然市場上存在其他透明顯示技術,但這些技術不是成本太高,就是性能表現(包括影像質素、明亮度效率、顏色問題、重量、大小等等)強差人意。Clear-Vu採用低成本鑄模塑膠零件,既輕便又精緻,並因此成為消費應用方面唯一可行的同類型技術,更可支援大量手提電話內容及增強實景應用。

詳情請瀏覽:www.optinvent.com

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Optinvent公司簡介

公司核心業務
以「企業對企業」模式,向OME(原設備製造商)銷售Clear-Vu顯示組件:Clear-Vu是可佩戴的透明顯示平台,它適合多方面的應用,例如手提電話增強實境、手提電話3D(立體)眼鏡,以及配備平視顯示的頭盔等(航空電子/軍事/汽車)。Optinvent將向品牌OEM客戶銷售Clear-Vu組件,以便他們在其產品中加入該組件。

產品/服務
Clear-Vu徹底革新了觀看手提電話內容的方式。相比利用手提電話的小屏幕上網、玩遊戲,或觀看視像內容,Clear-Vu為用戶提供了手提電話的大屏幕式使用體驗。此外,Clear-Vu更透過3D功能,支援手提電話3D應用。Clear-Vu的透明性更令其可支援大量真正的增強實境應用。佩戴配備Clear-Vu技術的眼鏡(而不是長時間握住設有相機鏡頭的電話),用戶可舒適地體驗豐富的增強實境。Clear-Vu採用低成本鑄模塑膠零件,既輕便又纖薄,並因此成為消費應用方面唯一可行的同類型技術。此外,Clear-Vu還適合其他應用,例如要騰出一隻手、及/或要平視顯示資訊(航空、軍事、汽車等)的場合等。總的來說,Clear-Vu平台可支援大量手提電話內容及應用,而這些內容及應用亦離不開Clear-Vu平台(可佩戴的透明顯示功能)。

創新/獨特之處
Optinvent開發了一項配備Clear-Vu組件的新技術,該組件配備應用於視像眼鏡的透明顯示功能。應用於視像眼鏡的現有先進技術是使用阻光系統的,它不能讓用戶在觀看時穿透顯示內容,因此不能應用於手提電話環境。這些「身臨其境」系統的另一個不足之處是某些用戶會因無法感知周圍環境而出現昏眩。

本技術於2008年初開始開發,現已通過概念驗證,主要部件亦已製模,但仍要經過幾個步驟才能投入工業化生產。

雖然市場上存在其他透明顯示技術,但這些技術不是成本太高,就是性能表現(包括影像質素、明亮度效率、顏色問題、重量、大小等等)強差人意。
Clear-Vu技術目前擁有四項專利

市場/客戶
手提電話製造商,電腦配件製造商,軍事和專業客戶(均為企業對企業客戶)。
市場規模:龐大(數以1000萬件計)。我們在創造全新的產品市場,現在只是冰山一角。
Sony、Nokia、Lumus及Vuzix等均有競爭性技術,但這些技術應用在消費產品方面並不可行。

增長展望
商業模式:透過直接銷售及借助區域性代理商,將組件出售給品牌OEM客戶/手提電話製造商(企業對企業經營模式)。

三年目標:向消費者及專業市場銷售組件的收入達到3000萬歐羅。

員工
管理層(行政總裁Kayvan Mirza和技術總監Khaled Sarayeddine)擁有逾20年的業界經驗。
Kayvan Mirza是公司行政總裁,他擅長國際事務,曾管理資產達數百萬美元、主要在亞洲經營 「企業對企業」業務的公司。Kayvan是美國公民,曾於美國及法國工作。Kayvan之前曾在法國巴黎為Thomson Multimedia管理元件業務;以及於2004年白手起家、創立光學元件公司;此前他還先後為兩個分別位於新加坡和德國的研發中心管理射頻(RF)元件業務、在印尼管理製造業務,以及領導以亞洲為主(南韓、中國、香港、台灣)的全球銷售團隊。他持有伊利諾州大學電子工程學士學位及德保羅大學工商管理碩士學位。

Khaled Saryeddine是公司技術總監,他在光學領域擁有20年經驗,其專業經驗在業界甚為知名及備受推崇。他曾領導多個業界協會,是微顯示投射系統的光學領域領軍人物。此外,他還深諳工業領域的運作模式,並與眾多供應商建立了長期的夥伴合作關係。Khaled持有法國Université de Franche Comté光學博士學位。

現有合作夥伴/支援
眾多長期的主要元件供應商/製造商,以及發展完善、主要位於亞洲的客戶基礎。
為某主要手提電話製造商研發Clear-Vu的定製版本。
在歐洲及法國籌資,並與Thales、ST Micro、LETI、Alinea Aeronautica、Deihl Aerospace及Merc等合作展開研究項目。
 
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