According to research reports by Tractica, the leading marketing intelligence firm, the global shipment of smart eyewear devices will rise to 228 million units by 2022, a tremendous jump from 150,000 units in 2016. Regarding the market potential, the output value will be elevated to USD 19.7 billion by 2022, a great leap from USD 138.6 million in 2006. On the other hand, Taiwan has long been dedicated in related technologies and the vertical integration capability has matured to realize the great potential in the future.
With the support from the Technology Development Program by Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT), Ministry of Economic Affairs, government bodies and leading corporations have made significant initiatives. First, the Smart System Institute (SSI) under Institute for Information Industry (III) has invested in III Workforce, committed to the development of smart eyewear solutions. III has also established partnerships with Jorjin Technology, Epson Group, and Quanta Group to build up the research and development environment in Taiwan, and jointly founded, “Taiwan Smart Glasses Industry Association”, dedicated in the supply chain integration and the development of dynamic solutions. The major mission of the association is to help smart glasses makers in Taiwan to gain the competitive edge on the global scale.
(Jorjin Chairman-Tom Liang along with Smart Glasses Excutive from Epson, R&D Executive of Qualcom)
The forum this time was hosted by the Smart System Institute (SSI) of III, along with the assistance from Taiwan Smart Glasses Industry Association and Digital Nation & Innovative Economic Development Program (DIGI+). The forum was well-attended, with special guests including R&D executive of Qualcomm, smart glasses executive from Epson, and Tom Liang, Chairman and CEO of Jorjin Technology, who gave inspirational talks about smart glasses trends and applications. To echo the vision of the government, the forum was organized in FunTech Park, Kaohsiung, and was expected to connect with the supply chain in the southern part of Taiwan.
“Future developments in AI and further commercial applications of 5G will boost smart wearable technologies to compliment smartphones and become the next paradigm in consumer electronics. This is 4th Digital Revolution which will bring us from AR to MR,” addressed Tom Liang, Chairman and CEO of Jorjin Technology in his presentation “Lessons Learned in Developing AR Glasses/HMD”.
Chairman Tom further added that smart glasses can free our hands and provide first-person perspective view for user to experience intuitive digital information of the real world. Smart glasses are currently applied in various fields, including logistics, inspection, manufacturing and precision related professions.