Nreal’s augmented reality glasses — which impressed us at CES back in January — will price a surprisingly low $499 and are supposed to start off shipping this year. The Nreal Light glasses plug into a Snapdragon 855-powered smartphone more than USB-C, and Nreal promises they’ll be obtainable to shoppers in “limited quantities” later this year, then ship in mass-market place quantities subsequent year. A $1,199 kit for developers will include things like the glasses, a controller, and a devoted computing pack that can substitute for a telephone.
The Nreal Light glasses supply an practical experience that is someplace amongst a heads-up show and complete-fledged, higher-finish mixed reality — though hunting sort of like regular glasses. You can use them to watch video on virtual screens, but also to spot virtual objects in the true planet and appear about them.
Nreal is 1 of the 1st headset makers to participate in Qualcomm’s XR certification system, which is supposed to take benefit of 5G network speeds to supply higher-good quality streaming of games, computer software, or video to AR glasses. It’s announced partnerships with a assortment of carriers, such as China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Japan’s Softbank Corp., Korea’s LG Uplus, and Switzerland’s Swisscom.
We had been fans of the Nreal glasses that debuted at CES — my colleague Nick Statt stated the visual good quality was surprisingly higher for a light and unobtrusive device, despite the fact that he didn’t obtain the tracking and spatial mapping as great as the competing (and far far more high-priced) Magic Leap One and Microsoft HoloLens headsets. Nreal says that it is considering that enhanced the match of the glasses and added numerous, unspecified colour possibilities.
That does not necessarily imply you need to acquire the Nreal Light when Nreal truly opens up sales. 5G networks and AR are each firmly in early-adopter territory, and $499 is low-cost for sensible glasses, but nevertheless fairly high-priced for a niche gadget. Even so, it’ll be a great sign for Qualcomm’s XR platform if they truly ship in 2019 — and following seeing them at launch, we’re hoping to verify out the completed solution for ourselves.