Startup: Dimension NXG
Brand name: AjnaLens
Founders: Abhijit Patil, Pankaj Raut and Abhishek Tomar
Founding Year: 2014
Funding: Angel funding
Investors: Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Nailesh Khimji, Japan Vyas, Chetan Kajaria, Manish Bhatia, Jay Jesrani & others.
Back in 2014 at IIT Mumbai’s sprawling complex three young entrepreneurs – Abhijit Patil, Pankaj Raut and Abhishek Tomar – were flirting with a crazy idea. Their idea qualified as crazy and audacious not merely because they were venturing into the unknown territory of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
But more so because their idea would eventually land them in a highly competitive space that touts big names like Microsoft and Magic Leap One. The name of their own humble company was christened as Dimension NXG and their product brand as AjnaLens.
After nearly five year’s of their adventurous journey, Dimension NXG’s three cofounders can confidently claim that their leap of faith has given them a great foundation for enduring success in the exciting world of augmented reality.
This foundation apparently got a solid strength after it raised angel funding round in 2016 by group of individual investors including Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma.
Having a high profile name like Vijay Sharma among its many investors was a strong proof in itself that this young startup was treading on the right path and its immense potential for highly sustainable growth.
Today AjnaLens takes immense pride to be the only Indian company manufacturing mixed reality glasses in India.
Many Government organizations like Indian Army, Indian Airforce, Indian Navy, DRDO, Maharashtra Government and other private players like ATOP food, Khimji Ramdas, PM Experts, and multiple XR companies are their customers.
The startup over the years has also earned many awards and recognition at several prestigious competitions and events.
Listed below are some of AjnaLens’ achievements
- Indian Augmented Reality Headsets Technology Innovation Leadership Award – Frost & Sullivan
- Top Start-up selected by Qualcomm for its QDIC program, 2018
- Early Growth IoT Startup of the year – The AEONIAN 2018
- Top 15 innovative start-ups globally – Outlook Business, 2018
- Top companies selected for Facebook Innovation Hub, 2018
AjnaLens Currently Offers two products –
AjnaLite/AjnaLite+: See-through mixed reality wireless headset with Industry-leading 84° FOV. It also offers astonishing holographic clarity and much more.
AjnaBolt: AjnaBolt is a recently launched product. It is a military-grade AI-powered mixed reality glasses.
AjnaLens claims that when these two products are combined with their native software then they can offer game changing experience to users.
These two product’s cutting edge solutions can be applied in wide range of sectors and industries including education & training, manufacturing, real-estate & construction, designing, medical and defence.
AjnaBolt was officially launched at DefExpo 2020 at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The DefExpo 2020 was visited by honorable Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
The company claims that AjnaBolt’ is India’s first AI-powered mixed reality glasses for defence. The mixed-reality glasses are completely designed and manufactured in India.
It offers advanced lethality to increase survivability and thereby exponentially increasing a defense mission’s success capability.
It can also be used to upgrade fair-weather weapons to all-weather weapons, enhanced navigation, and sight, advance training and simulation, etc.
During the launch, Pankaj Raut, co-founder & CEO, said:
“We are proud to be the first Indian company to create mixed-reality glasses for Defence in India. At AjnaLens, we found a way to compile all the security related information and present it in the most intuitive way in order to understand and make better decisions via our offering AjnaBolt. I am sure AjnaBolt will not only strengthen our armed forces and make every mission more successful but will also make our nation an exporter in defence technologies,”
AjnaBolt essentially works by combining artificial intelligence (AI) with mixed reality technology. The seamless merging of these two technologies help to expand the understanding of any situation, thus decreasing response time while increasing the effectiveness of any defence mission.