Augmented reality (AR) is a truly remarkable and cutting-edge technology that has the power to revolutionize the way we perceive and interact with the world around us. Unlike virtual reality, which creates a whole new world for users to explore, AR enhances the existing environment by seamlessly integrating virtual elements into it. This means that users can experience a heightened, more interactive version of reality like never before.
AR is already transforming businesses and changing the way consumers engage with them, but its potential applications are limitless. In this article, we’ll delve into four exciting companies at the forefront of the AR revolution and explore how they’re harnessing this incredible technology to create innovative solutions that are transforming various industries. If you’re looking for the next big thing in technology, then AR could be the space to watch!
The first stock on the augmented reality watchlist is a newcomer to the space. Epazz, Inc. (OTC:EPAZ) is a mission-critical provider of metaverse solutions, drone technology, blockchain cryptocurrency mobile apps, and cloud-based business software solutions.
Last week, Epazz announced the development of a groundbreaking new product: low-cost augmented reality smart glasses called Stacklens. These durable and comfortable smart glasses are set to revolutionize the service industry, particularly field service companies, by providing access to affordable smart augmented reality glasses. Stacklens will cost less than $400 per pair, which is significantly cheaper than the $2,000 price tag of other similar products on the market.
The company decided to develop Stacklens because they noticed that third-party glasses were too expensive and caused sticker shock for potential customers in Europe who wanted to use the technology. Now, with Stacklens, organizations can use innovative technology at a low cost, enabling the company to win more deals. Stacklens is ideal for technicians in the field who need to fix complex machines such as HVAC, industrial machines, water, and waste pipes. The technology is also attracting interest in aircraft maintenance.
Epazz has submitted a proposal to the armed forces to use the technology in the field and has received feedback from the United States military about using First Person View smart glasses with ZenaDrone 1000. The company plans to continue improving the technology for use with ZenaDrone 1000, a first-person view smart glasses product with augmented reality technology.
Combining their drone technology with the low-cost augmented reality smart glasses, Stacklens, can potentially result in increased revenue for Epazz, particularly from government contracts. The United States military has already expressed interest in using their First Person View smart glasses with ZenaDrone 1000, and Epazz plans to further develop this technology. Their focus on meeting the needs of their customers by developing affordable and durable products like Stacklens highlights their commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction. As a newcomer to the augmented reality space, Epazz’s potential for growth is exciting to watch.
Nextech3D.ai (OTC:NEXCF) is another up-and-comer that has emerged as a promising player in the field. The company provides AI-powered 3D modeling solutions focusing on the e-commerce industry with breakthrough generative AI technology that enables the creation of high-quality 3D models quickly and efficiently.
Nextech3D.ai’s suite of products, including patented AI-based technology for 3D model creation and 2D to 3D conversion, has positioned it as a leader in the industry. The company is already a preferred 3D model supplier for Amazon, representing a massive growth opportunity. With the increasing popularity of e-commerce globally, Nextech3D.ai’s services are becoming more valuable, providing an excellent runway for ongoing growth.
In addition to its AI-powered 3D modeling solutions, Nextech3D.ai also develops or acquires what it believes are disruptive technologies and, once commercialized, spins them out as stand-alone public companies, issuing a stock dividend to shareholders while retaining a significant ownership stake in the public spin-out.
For investors looking to participate in the commercialization of AI technology, Nextech3D.ai presents a unique investment opportunity. The company plans to release its First Quarter 2023 financial results after markets close on Thursday, May 18, 2023. Subsequently, Nextech will host a conference call to discuss the First Quarter 2023 results on Thursday, May 18, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Join Evan Gappelberg, Chief Executive Officer, and Andrew Chan, Chief Financial Officer, to discuss these financial and operating results, followed by a question and answer period.
Overall, Nextech3D.ai’s suite of AI-powered solutions and disruptive technologies in the AR sector make it a company to watch. With its spinouts, Nextech3D.ai is demonstrating a commitment to growth and innovation that investors should take note of in the evolving AR industry.
Snap Inc. (NYSE:SNAP), the parent company of social media app Snapchat, offers its users an immersive augmented reality platform that enables them to superimpose digital content on the real world through mobile devices. This platform empowers users to create personalized AR experiences while also providing brands and advertisers with innovative ways to engage with their target audience.
At the end of April, SNAP reported its first-quarter earnings, missing revenue expectations and causing a sharp drop in its stock price.
According to Bloomberg data, Snap’s Q1 revenue was $988 million, falling short of the expected $1 billion. The company’s adjusted earnings per share were $0.01, better than the anticipated ($0.05) loss. However, daily active users remained flat at 383 million, as did the average revenue per user, which came in at $2.58 versus the expected $2.62.
Snap has been struggling with a decline in advertising spending, a trend that has negatively impacted its earnings. As a result, the company has been trying to diversify its revenue streams by expanding its platform’s offerings and adding new features.
Despite the disappointing earnings, Snap’s CEO Evan Spiegel remained optimistic about the company’s future, stating, “We are working to accelerate our revenue growth, and we are using this opportunity to make significant improvements to our advertising platform to help drive increased return on investment for our advertising partners.”
Snap’s Q1 earnings release stands in contrast to rival Meta’s (formerly Facebook’s) earnings report, which exceeded expectations and caused a surge in its stock price. Meta’s positive earnings were attributed to increased advertising revenue and user engagement across its platforms.
Investors will likely be closely watching Snap’s progress in diversifying its revenue streams and expanding its platform’s offerings in the coming months.
Himax Technologies (NASDAQ:HIMX) is a semiconductor manufacturer based in Taiwan, specializing in continuous movable lenses and lens arrays for augmented reality (AR) applications. The company’s focus is on providing accurate, high-fidelity overlayed images, ensuring an accurate-to-scale representation that immerses the end-user in the AR experience.
As the AR sector continues to grow, Himax’s relevance in the industry will likely increase as the demand for accurate immersion grows. The company is set to announce its Q1 2023 earnings results on May 11th, with a guidance range of $0.07-$0.10 EPS. In its previous earnings report in February, Himax Technologies had a net margin of 19.73% and a return on equity of 29.41%, with revenue of $262.30 million for the quarter.
Overall, Himax Technologies is an important player in the semiconductor industry, with a specific focus on AR technology. Its upcoming earnings report will provide insight into the company’s performance and its potential for growth in the coming months.
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