Verizon is partnering with AR hardware maker Vuzix for some reason

It’s been a few years since we heard from AR company Vuzix. In early 2019, it released its first consumer-ready smart glasses. After being relatively quiet for the past two years, it is now partnering with Verizon. The two did not share many details about their collaboration. What they did say is that they plan to find ways to commercialize AR technology for use in sports and gaming scenarios, especially those that require training. The partnership combines Vuzix’s new Shield smart glasses and the capabilities of Verizon’s 5G network.

It’s hard to say if we’ll see anything significant come out of this agreement, but it’s no surprise that Verizon is getting more involved in AR technology. Augmented, virtual and mixed reality wearables have consistently been positioned as one of the main beneficiaries of the speed and latency improvements promised by 5G networks. Likewise, the focus on gaming and sports isn’t surprising either. Some of the earliest locations where Verizon had 5G service were in NFL stadiums. They’re one of the few places where the carrier’s mmWave implementations shine, as there’s enough density to justify building all the tiny cells needed to cover even a small area with ultra-fast 5G coverage.

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