RealWear Navigator 500 enabled by Kopin’s new Golden Pearl display

RealWear Navigator 500 enabled by Kopin’s new Golden Pearl display

Published: 21-02-2022
Updated: 30-01-2023

RealWear has partnered up with display manufacturer Kopin to supply its advanced Golden Pearl display delivering less than 1 percent light distortion and low power usage, making the RealWear Navigator 500™ unsurpassed for long shifts and outdoor, bright conditions.

RealWear partners with Kopin for new display technology for RealWear Navigator 500

In early December 2021, we reported that RealWear, one of the leading assisted reality producers for enterprise front-line workers, announced its new smart glasses called RealWear Navigator 500. Now with the launch of their new assisted reality device, RealWear announced that they will be partnering with Kopin to supply its Golden Pearl display for the RealWear Navigator 500.

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“With the launch of the HMT-1, RealWear quickly became the gold standard for advanced assisted reality head-mounted display systems for industrial use,” stated Dr. John C.C. Fan, CEO of Kopin Corporation, and continues, “RealWear Navigator 500 raises the bar further, enabling hands-free work with sophisticated visual support. It’s a very comprehensive solution to enhance worker productivity. Kopin’s power-efficient high-brightness display module is designed to support full-shift use by providing bright, clear images and information in any lighting condition, including full sunlight, and can be used for long durations without eye strain or fatigue.”

Why the Golden Pearl display?

The new Golden Peal display from Kopin will deliver minimal light distortion making the display ideal for use in outdoor conditions, in that light-bleed is minimized so the digital information and overlay won’t be obstructed for the front-line worker.

The display has a resolution of 854×480 pixels, with the high-resolution microdisplay being fitted on the boom of the Navigator 500 giving the user the feeling of looking at a 7-inch display. 

What stands out is the low power wattage of the display, translating to its battery usage of up to 8 hours, with a hot-swappable battery function.

Read about the differences between RealWear Navigator 500 and the HMT-1.

“We’ve had a strategic relationship with Kopin since our inception,” said Andrew Chrostowski, Chairman and CEO of RealWear, continuing, “When we launched RealWear Navigator 500 with its revolutionary modular design, it made perfect sense to launch using Kopin’s next-generation offering. Kopin’s deep expertise in microdisplays and optics, including capabilities across multiple microdisplay technologies, has enabled our team to design our human-centric products to exceed expectations of our customers, now and into the future.”

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Kopin Golden Pearl specifications

  • Display: 854 x 480, contrast ratio 100:1.
  • FOV: 20 degrees diagonal, 32-inch.
  • Optics: Light distortion lower than 1%.
  • Brightness: Max 350 nits at 20 mA, and max 500 nits at 30 mA.
  • Dimensions: 33.4 x 19.6 x 9.0 mm.
  • Processing: A914 or A913 ASIC.
  • Power consumption: Less than 200 mW at 350 nits and less than 240 mW at 500 nits.


To excel in outdoor conditions with high light intensity impetus on visual clarity is demanded from the front-line worker wearing the RealWear Navigator 500. Therefore, RealWear partnered with Kopin to supply their latest Golden Pearl display with less than 1 per cent light distortion and low battery usage for comfortable, lightweight, long shifts. All in all, aiding enterprises surpass their work with digital assistance and information.