Chinese manufacturer of AR glasses Nreal wants to get ahead of established technology companies and become the first to market a consumer AR glasses in the world. The startup has taken a decisive step in this direction.
Based in Beijing the company Nreal plans to create a second place for their research, development and production in the Chinese National high-tech district of Wuxi. For this purpose the company invested about $ 280 million.
The new location offers space for 600 employees at about 20, 000 square meters. And only 40% of the work force to explore and develop new technologies mixed reality. Several production lines to points AR Nreal Light needs to be installed in production. Only this year Nreal plans to release there’s about a million AR points.
Wuxi plans to deploy 5G in a timely manner across the country, which in turn will further the development of AR technologies Nreal.
Nreal receives support hand tracking
Recently Nreal announced a partnership with startup Clay Air specializiruetsya on image analysis based on artificial intelligence (AI). The startup is also working with Qualcomm.
Algorithms for AI Clay Air scan owner points through the camera points Nreal and detect gestures, such as, for example, capture in real-time. Facebook has integrated a similar technology for hand tracking in VR glasses Oculus Quest.
A menu of operating system Nreal “Nebula” in the future should be controlled by the user’s hands. Glasses also run standard Android apps, such as Spotify or Instagram.
Nreal also wants to expand its glasses Light tracking module of the eye, which can be purchased separately. In Germany Nreal cooperates with Telekom to “bring mixed reality to the mass market” .
Nreal: the most promising consumer AR glasses
The last public demonstration at CES Nreal 2020 was well received by the testers: glasses which are quite light (weight 88 grams), suitable for everyday use and offer good image quality. Only a fairly narrow field of view 52 degrees while being criticized.
Nreal Light must be released in the second quarter of 2020 at a price of about $ 500. It connects to a powerful smartphone or a PC via USB-C. AR Glasses can be used on a PC as a replacement or Supplement of the monitor.
In early March Nreal also announced a completely self-contained AR glasses that resemble the Microsoft Hololens, but should be cheaper. Rather, they will be directed to industrial and corporate customers and will be released in the fourth quarter of 2020.