Chinese Startup Rokid Sees Opportunity With COVID-Fighting Smart Glasses
"A Chinese startup that develops augmented-reality products for use in manufacturing and gaming has found a promising growth area in the midst of a global pandemic - wearable glasses that measure temperatures on the move."
A Chinese startup that develops augmented-reality products for use in manufacturing and gaming has found a promising growth area in the midst of a global pandemic - wearable glasses that measure temperatures on the move.
Rokid Established in 2014, specializes in the research and product development of Mixed Reality and Artificial Intelligence. Rokid provides the extreme user experience, superior products, and robust enterprise solutions for developing communities.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in late 2019, Hangzhou-based startup Rokid developed a pair of glasses to help screen for symptoms. Rokid Vice President Xiang Wenjie says demand has risen for the company's T1 glasses, developed in only two weeks after it sold roughly 1,000 pairs to governments, industrial parks, and schools.
"Apart from fixed temperature measurement, T1 can provide portable, distant, and prompt temperature checking, which would be a great help," Xiang said.
Equipped with an infrared sensor and a camera, the glasses allow the wearer to "see" peoples' temperatures.
Rokid says on its website that it completed a round of "billion-dollar" financing in 2018, led by Singapore state investor Temasek, Swiss bank Credit Suisse, and others.
Rokid is not the only Chinese tech startup involved in the fight against COVID-19. Thermal imaging systems made by face recognition giant SenseTime have been installed in railway stations across China.
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