Electronics & Computers

Vuzix and xCon Partners Enter into Global Strategic Cooperation

February 18, 2014

Partnership to provide focused offerings on industrial wearable computing applications for Smart Glasses

ROCHESTER, NY -- Vuzix Corporation, a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, commercial and entertainment markets, announced today that it has entered into a strategic cooperation with xCon Partners GmbH, a leading consulting and industrial wearable computing solution company. Under the strategic cooperation, xCon Partners will be an official Value Added Reseller (VAR) and launch partner of the Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses device for the European Market. In addition, xCon Partners will develop industrial wearable computing applications for Vuzix' Smart Glasses flagship model M100 and will support industry customers during application deployment, maintenance and support. xPick, an innovative multi-order picking solution created by xCon Partners, has already been successfully implemented on the new M100 device, attracting numerous interested companies from different industries.

The M100 smart glasses are the world's first commercially available hands free display and wearable computer with cloud communications. It comes with a light design, on-board processing unit, video camera, voice recognition, and gesture control. Furthermore, it provides the necessary ergonomic design and battery duration to be used during an entire working shift designed specifically to meet the needs of xCon Partners' enterprise customer base.

Paul J. Travers, President and CEO of Vuzix, confirms the wearable computing expertise of its new European VAR partner: "Based on more than 10 years of wearable computing experience, xCon Partners acts very closely to the market and end-user demands and has already implemented various wearable computing use cases successfully for customers. xCon Partners fits the mold of our most ideal partner given their expertise and experience in developing specific wearable computing applications, which is extremely valuable to customers. In addition, xCon Partners helps to constantly improve the Vuzix M100 hardware with valuable feedback from both its own software development team and its customers using the M100 in their day-to-day business."

"Vuzix is a company that drives innovation and that demonstrates a precise understanding of industrial requirements for wearable computing applications. Like no other supplier, they combine in-depth understanding of wearable computing with engineering skills and a solid understanding of industry requirements while still delivering very good usability and state-of-the-art design. That's why Vuzix is an optimal partner for us and our customers which we provide with various wearable computing applications," states Jan Junker, Partner and Managing Director of xCon Partners. "First positive proof point of the new partnership: "xPick", the multi-order picking solution of xCon Partners, is now using the M100 Smart Glasses to display picking information and thus enables order pickers to work at higher speed with fewer picking errors and greater flexibility. xPick will be officially presented to the public at the upcoming international logistics trade fair LogiMAT in Stuttgart, Germany (Feb. 25th – 27th) – Hall 5, Booth 371. Other application use cases such as "Remote Service", "Maintenance & Repair" or "Medical Support" are currently being developed by xCon Partners for the M100, meeting the increasing market demand for high quality wearable computing applications."

For more details, go to http://www.vuzix.com, http://www.xcon-partners.com, and http://www.xpick.net.

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