TriLite Raises €8 million to Enable Augmented Vision for Consumer Eyewear

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TriLite, the developer of the world’s smallest projection display, announced that it has raised €8 million in a new round of funding, enabling its customers to bring mass-market augmented reality eyewear to the consumer market.

The participants in the funding round included APEX Ventures, B&C Innovation Investments, Hermann Hauser Investment, TEC Ventures, and QC·Ventures amongst others. It follows an earlier seed funding round in December 2019. 

TriLite’s ultra-compact projection displays are ideal for consumer augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) applications, enabling AR/MR glasses to finally overcome the bulkiness and weight that has so far prevented their mass-market adoption. Worldwide shipments of head-mounted displays (HMDs) are forecast to grow at an annual rate of 60% CAGR between 2020 and 2027. TriLite’s unique laser beam scanner (LBS) technology is an essential enabler of this growth.

Building upon pioneering research over the last ten years, TriLite’s Trixel® 3 is the world’s smallest and lightest projection display, with a total volume of just 0.92cm3. Trixel® 3 incorporates a micro-optical RGB laser light source and a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) mirror, enabling it to generate bright, high-quality images while setting benchmarks for the lowest power consumption.

Alexander Moser-Parapatits, Managing Director at B&C Innovation Investments, said, “We are excited to be part of TriLite as they leverage years of leading development to realize the smallest display to enable leading OEM’s in the AR/MR market. We are looking forward to a long-term partnership with TriLite and we are convinced that this ground-breaking technology will provide substantial additional value to new products and applications.”

Deep-Tech pioneer, Hermann Hauser, Founder of Hermann Hauser Investment GmbH, commented, “TriLite’s tiny displays are set to be a game-changer for AR/MR glasses since they’ll be as lightweight as today’s eyewear, and this is sure to finally drive mass adoption of AR/MR in the consumer market.”

Peter Weigand, CEO at TriLite, said, “This new round of funding will enable us to invest in innovation and increase our competitive advantage, whilst further strengthening our patent portfolio and building our manufacturing services platform.”

In addition to its market-leading hardware, TriLite has invested heavily in innovative software, which makes it simple for developers to adopt its solutions. The software includes proprietary calibration algorithms that enable the size and complexity of the optical system to be minimized.

TriLite offers a manufacturing platform that accelerates the time-to-market of its customers and provides a robust, high-volume supply chain. Through this platform, TriLite combines its own manufacturability expertise with industry-leading partners to secure a successful production ramp for end-customers