January 03, 2022 4 min read

Nreal Light AR GearPhoto Source: Engadget

 

AR (Augmented Reality), alongside VR (Virtual Reality), is called the holy grail of the future of gaming. Popular video games have been released in recent years, such as Pokemon Go, Ingress, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and many more. But as VR headsets are starting to be popular in the market, so is the development of AR headgears. Unlike the former, AR headgears are lightweight and are more comfortable to wear since they are not bulky.

There are currently few players in the AR headset market, including Microsoft’s HoloLens and Magic Leap. Apple is also developing an AR headgear for consumers and will reveal a preliminary development kit in 2022. Aside from these three developers, Nreal is finally releasing its Nreal Light glasses to the US market.

 

Nreal Light Glasses

Nreal Light AR GearPhoto Source: NReal.com

 

The Nreal Light Glasses claims to be the first consumer-ready AR glasses in the US market. And unlike other AR headsets, which are bulky and resemble current VR gears in the market, the Nreal Light is different. According to its specification sheet, the Nreal Light Glasses weigh only 106. Despite its light size, thisAR gaming gear is packed with multiple functions.

It can capture surroundings with its two spatial computing cameras, designed to capture the mix in any mixed reality environment. This enables you to fully experience a world from augmented reality. Here, you can experience photos, videos, and any virtual files better than you can experience in real life.

The NReal Light Glasses also have a dual-microphone that allows you to easily talk to people online. It also offers spatial sound thanks to its integrated speakers, which provide incredible sound. More importantly, Nreal Light has a Plug & Go feature. To use this AR gaming gear, you need to plug it into your phone. This will automatically launch Nebula, allowing you to bring the mixed reality world through the gear.

It works with 5G compatible smartphones that are powered by Qualcomm. The Nreal Light works with a series of Samsung Galaxy phones, including Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and OnePlus 8 5G UW.

 

Nreal Light Glasses Specifications

The NReal Light Glasses has the following specifications:

  • Dimension:
    • 146mm x 175mm x 44mm (unfolded)
    • 156mm x 52mm x 44mm (folded)
  • Weight:
    • 106 g
  • Spatial Computing:
    • 6DoF spatial tracking
    • Plane recognition
    • Image recognition
  • Optics:
    • Compound Lightguide
  • Sensors:
    • 2 spatial computing cameras
    • Photo/HD video RGB camera
    • IMU (Accelerometer, Gyroscope)
    • Ambient light sensor
    • Proximity sensor
  • Audio:
    • Dual speakers
    • Dual microphones
  • Button:
    • To adjust the brightness of the AR display
  • Connectivity:
    • USB Type-C
    • It is compatible with devices equipped with a full-function USB-C port.

Source:Nreal Light

 

Nreal and Nebula

Nreal NebulaPhoto Source: Nreal

 

For Nreal to work with your smartphone, it will install the Nebula app automatically. Nebula is a 3D interface system designed for Nreal’s mixed reality glasses. This app projects 2D content onto any interactive virtual 3D space while keeping familiar smartphone interface features. This makes it easier to navigate and use the Nreal Light Glasses intuitively.

The Nreal Light Glasses and Nebula are compatible with the following phone series with 5G technology, including:

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G UW
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 5G UW
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
  • OnePlus 8 5G UW

With any NReal Glasses, Nebula can Air Cast, use MR Space, and open any 2D native Android Apps.

The Air Casting will enable the user to mirror your smartphone display to Nreal glasses either with a full screen or side screen. While MR Space will allow you to use all the Apps and Web Pages in Nreal MR Space. You can also open any native Android apps in MR space.

You can download Nebula from Google Play.

 

Nreal Light and Verizon

The Nreal Light is now available in the US through Verizon. It is priced at $599, which is more affordable than its prior developer kit processor.

You can buy the Nreal Light in selected Verizon Retail Store in the US located at the following locations:

  • Amarillo 140, Texas
  • Verizon Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Verizon Asheville, North Carolina
  • Verizon Auburn, Alabama
  • Bee Cave, Texas
  • Boynton Beach, Florida
  • Brookfield CT, Connecticut
  • Capital Mall, Washington
  • Cascade Plaza, Oregon
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Fairfield CT, Connecticut
  • Flemington Mall, New Jersey
  • Lansing, Michigan
  • Middleton, North Carolina
  • Morehead City, Tennessee
  • Nashville Melrose
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Springfield, Illinois
  • Verizon Wireless Plaza, Wisconsin

When you buy the Nreal Light, it includes the glasses case, clip, nose pads, VR cover, lens frame, and glasses cleaning cloth.

 

Nreal

Nreal is a company from China that develops consumer-facing Mixed Reality glasses. They have partnered with known companies, including Qualcomm and LG Uplus, in 2019. It also has strategic cooperation with ZTE.

Currently, Nreal has three products in its line, including Nreal Light. These AR glasses can be connected to smartphones and feature two cameras with a 1080p resolution display and a 52-degree field. Then there’s the Nreal Light Developer Kit which includes a pair of Nreal Light, a computing unit, and a 3 DoF wireless controller. And lastly, there’s the Nreal Enterprise Edition, an enterprise-focused version of the Nreal Light. It is designed with a control chip to ease its deployment and maintenance. Compared to the Nreal Light, it has a helmet-like design.

The products of Nreal are available in different countries, including the USA, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, Spain, Australia, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, and Switzerland.

 

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