Nreal, the Chinese startup behind the Real Light The AR glasses that caused a stir at CES 2019 have now spread to the United States, making the smartphone connected device available in select Verizon stores starting today.
Nreal Light is a pair of AR glasses that are physically connected to a smartphone via USB Type-C to drive its graphics and provide power, making it lighter than standalone AR headsets like HoloLens 2 as it drains off the battery. need an internal battery, a chipset, and the cooling of the phone itself.
Compared to enterprise-focused AR headsets like Magic Leap 2 and HoloLens 2, it is also cheaper due to the inclusion of cheaper and less complicated optics, known as “birdbath” optics, which project light from. a micro-screen to the eye via what is essentially a transparent mirror curve (among other things).
When it comes to apps, AR Glasses stream tailor-made content in pre-designed game spaces, all of which you can download from Google Play, such as Table Trenches, a 1v1 tabletop strategy game.
At least that’s the value proposition, as Nreal Light is on sale in the US today for $ 599. Deployment in this country comes first select brick and mortar Verizon stores. According to Tom’s gear, online sales through Verizon will begin on December 2, and those physical stores will serve as demo locations for Nreal Light before consumers buy it.
Nreal Light has a fairly large compatibility list, with the following phones offering support:
- 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
- OnePlus 9 5G UW
The company says Light will also support iPhones to some extent, but it hasn’t specified how that works.
Prior to its release in the United States, Nreal deployed via telecommunications in South Korea, Japan, Germany and Spain. The Beijing-based company also recently closed a $ 100 million Series C funding round that it will use for R&D and to expand its international reach.
Nreal Light has yet to launch in its home country of China, but Nreal CEO Chi Xu has previously said it could happen at some point in 2022 with “other countries as well.”