2021 ends on a positive note for the industry with a slew of new tech eyewear launches over the past 8 weeks. Is this an indicator of a new era of post-pandemic XR boom? Here’s a look at some of the launches over the past few weeks.
The last few weeks have been buzzing with the launch of new technological glasses one after the other. Here is a preview.
September 9e, Facebook and Ray-Ban announced the Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses, which are camera and audio glasses. The smart glasses were launched on the same day in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Italy and Ireland. Order your Ray-Ban Stories connected glasses here.
Xiaomi smart glasses
September 14e, Xiaomi launched smart glasses which are still only a concept study and may not be marketed in this form. Xiaomi smart glasses can combine imaging system and sensors for subtle but ordinary eyeglass design through micro OLED optical waveguide technology.
Xiaomi smart glasses weigh just 51 grams and can display messages and notifications, browse, make calls, capture photos and even translate text right in front of the wearer’s eyes. These conceptual smart glasses offer an engineering take on future advanced smart glasses.
Valve Deckard Smart Glasses
Valve fans had some exciting news on the 29the September when YouTuber Brad Lynch speculated the company was working on a new VR headset named “Deckard”. The rumors were shortly confirmed by the tech magazine Ars Technica, citing informed choices. Brad Lynch highlighted the new headset after finding several references to a device known as “Deckard” in the SteamVR code. .
The new headset would have a built-in processor that could allow the device to operate without being connected to a PC by a cable. The device will, it seems, also be able to track movements without depending on external base stations. It is not yet known when the device is configured to appear.
Eye launch of Neo 3 Pro and Neo 3 Pro
On October 1, tPico Neo 3 Pro and Pico Neo 3 Pro Eye have been released. Priced at $ 700 and $ 900 respectively, the two headsets are strong competitors for today’s best-selling VR headset, the Oculus Quest 2. The headsets are technically level with the Quest 2 and feature a battery strap. Similar to Quest 2’s Elite battery strap, ensuring you better comfort as well as longer battery life.
Nreal Air smart glasses
China-based AR company Nreal has unveiled the Nreal Air smart glasses which are cheaper, iOS compatible, and more compact than the company’s previous Nreal Light glasses. Like the Nreal Light, the Nreal Air glasses look almost like normal sunglasses and have been designed to project virtual screens onto the big screen in front of the wearer’s eyes. The Nreal Air, like the Nreal Light, also uses micro OLED displays for augmented reality optics. The Air is also powered by a smartphone via a tether cable.
Like its old-time counterpart, these smart glasses also target the consumer market rather than corporate, military or research use cases. The Nreal Air smart glasses are expected to ship from December 2021 to China, Japan and South Korea. Although the company did not reveal a price, it said the glasses will sell for a fraction of the price of Nreal Light glasses, which sold for $ 600 at launch last year.
Lynx R-1 XR Goggles
During the first week of October, Lynx launched a Kickstarter campaign for its Lynx R-1 XR Mixed Reality helmet which provides autonomous virtual reality and augmented reality in a compact form factor. The Paris-based startup hit its fundraising goals in mid-October and continues to raise funds until November for the production of its unique helmet. Delivery of the MR helmet is scheduled for spring 2022.
The magic jump 2 unveiled
October 11e, Magic Leap boss Peggy Johnson announced Magic Leap 2 Augmented reality headset with $ 500 million in new funding. The headset will generally be available from early 2022. The company also revealed that the headset is already in use by “select customers” under an early access program. Contrary to past conventions, the company used the term AR headset as opposed to the obscure “mixed reality headset” used in its previous devices.
The company describes the Magic Leap 2 headset as the smallest and lightest device in the industry. The headset was developed for the corporate market and is more immersive and comfortable with a dimming function and the larger FOV. The dimming function allows use in brightly lit environments.
The Magic Leap 2 is narrower than its predecessor and would almost sound like regular sunglasses. Its slightly larger field of view and dimming functionality will allow for superior augmented reality in brightly lit rooms. According to Johnson, the Magic Leap 2 headset was “designed to increase business adoption of AR.”
HTC Vive Flow
October 14e, HTC has launched the ultra-thin HTC Vive Flow VR headset that almost looks like ski goggles. The $ 499 HTC Vive Flow VR headset was designed for people who don’t necessarily like VR. The Vive Flow is an entertainment-focused headset that has moved away from the company’s corporate focus over the past five years. The headset is slated to launch in November and pre-orders have already started in mid-October.
The Vive Flow form factor is drastically different from that of other HTC devices. It is immersive material and could easily be mistaken for an augmented reality device. Behind its slim form factor, the Vive Flow is simply a streamlined version of previous HTC headsets, but without some major features.
It is a portable, stand-alone device that is connected via cable or Bluetooth to a smartphone that also serves as a controller. The Long live the flow is primarily used for video streaming as well as simple VR applications and is expected to hit the market in November.
October 25e, Pimax has announced a new dual-mode virtual reality headset known as Reality 12K QLED which has a resolution of nearly 6K per eye as well as a stunning 200 degree horizontal field of view. The glasses cost $ 2399. Reality uses two 200Hz HDR panels with mini-LED backlighting as well as a quantum dot layer. Mini LEDs exploit thousands of tiny LED elements compared to traditional small LCD panels that rely on a single backlight placed behind the entire display.
The mini LED therefore offers a similar level of contrast to what you would get with OLED, but you still get a bit of flourish. The quantum dot layer is capable of delivering a very wide gamut of colors that Pimax says even surpasses what you would get with OLED.
According to Pimax, Reality 12K QLED is based on a compound lens design that combines Fresnel and aspherical element take advantage of both advantages. Pimax claims that the geometric distortion of the peripheral view on its current products will not be visible in Reality. Reality is listed as having a 200 degree horizontal field of view (FOV) and a 135 degree vertical field of view which is capable of covering most of human vision.
The front edges of Reality feature four cameras that offer inside-to-outside tracking functionality of the headset as well as its Oculus Touch-like controllers. The Pimax Reality headset will be showcased at CES 2022 early next year.
The Varjo Aero helmet
Varjo has already made a name for itself with its premium, high-priced virtual reality headsets targeting the corporate market. Its helmets cost a fortune with prices ranging from $ 3,500 to $ 5,500. October 21st, the company introduced the Varjo Aero headset that delivers high-fidelity VR experiences to high-spend professionals and VR enthusiasts willing to pay the price of $ 1,990 for the headset.
The Varjo VR headset offers high-end visual fidelity as well as consistent images across its 115-degree field of view, a wider viewing angle. The headset was designed for the corporate and professional market, but the company says it will appeal to VR enthusiasts looking for a high-fidelity experience.
There will be plenty of VR and AR announcements at the Facebook Connect 2021 XR conference today. Stay tuned.
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