Nreal Light AR glasses available in Verizon will start selling later in this month, these are one of the only few consumer focused augmented reality headsets. It has the impressive technical feat small for an AR or VR product comparatively affordable with the price tag of $599.
It is capable of full fledge mixed reality, that projects images into real space not just a flat heads up overlay like the North Focals. But the Nreal software does not fulfill its hardware promise, the light is hampered by bare bones control scheme, the patchy app ecosystem and general user experience that ranges from under cooked to barely functional.
Light is only like those AR products for 2 reasons. First thing is Nreal is not using the same optics technology as Microsoft Magic leap. Nreal light uses the system dubbed birdbath optics, Micro OLED screens whose light is reflected off a mirror. Light projections look much less convincingly 3D, than HoloLens or Magic leap images.
It can’t focused on creating immersive experiences or great spatial tracking. The buyers have to buy the private virtual screen because company more interested in giving buyers the private virtual screen, and tantalizingly close to great.
They have eased the biggest pain points of virtual screens and most prominently the awkwardness of wearing one. They are smaller & lighter than even the smallest current generation VR headset,s that includes the 189 gram HTC Vive Flow.
The biggest issue is of software related. Nreal launcher app offer 2 modes: One is air casting that mirrors users mobile screen and the mixed reality and that launches apps pinned in 3D space. The mode can’t support the DRM of American streaming apps.
These include Amazon Prime Video and Netflix and the users have o air cast them and it means that you can’t pin the Windows in specific part of their room. Use the mobile phone as the pointer controller or minimize the apps on the mobile screen.