Kayvan Mirza (above) was working as an engineer on rear-projection TVs at Thomson about eight years ago when he and colleagues spun off a company to work on heads-up displays. The Ora-S from Optinvent is a transparent high-res color display that borrows techniques developed at Nokia and Sony.
The company's key invention is a low-cost, machine-manufacturable, plastic device that acts as a display when paired with special optics and a liquid-crystal-on-silicon device (bottom). The startup aims to sell the displays for about $950 starting in December, initially aiming at business markets, then expanding into consumer sales.
Mirza claims his glasses represent a significant improvement in resolution, scalability, and usability over the components used in Google Glass. The startup wants to create its own ecosystem of developers using its SDK. It took in $6 million in seed funding and is seeking an A series round.