Magic Leap just got competition.
Chinese startup nreal unveiled at the CES 2019 very small and light mixed reality glasses. The nreal light weighs just 85 grams, only slightly heavier than a pair of sunglasses, and can be worn for hours at a time.
Despite its compact form factor, nreal light breaks ground in achieving highly accurate and realistic interactions between digital avatars and the real world, powered by its Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithm, and only two onboard cameras.
nreal light's display boasts an industry-leading 52º Field of View (FoV), 1080p resolution for vivid 3D graphics, and low latency, which combined with spatial sound, voice interactions and haptic-feedback controllers, offers an immersive mixed reality experience. The rich visual experiences are driven by a companion computing pack which is built on the foundation of cutting-edge technology, the Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Platform.
"Our advanced heterogeneous compute platform, Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Platform, coupled with nreal's sleek form factor yet high performance glass truly demonstrate that the future of XR is near," said HugoSwart, head of XR at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "XR is the next mobile computing platform and these types of integrated, light, capable solutions that are designed to seamlessly blend immersive experiences with the real world, drive the ecosystem forward and enable many new enterprise applications to emerge while bringing us closer to consumer adoption."
At the same time, nreal light comes bundled with modern conveniences, including interchangeable prescription lenses, and multiple colors, but also cross-platform compatibility. A universal USB-C port not only supports nreal light's proprietary companion computing pack, but it can also plug and play content from most USB-C compatible devices including laptops and desktops.
"nreal aims at developing next generation augmented user experience, by blending the virtual content with the real world through mixed reality glasses. Not only can we provide a truly immersive experience, but we can also make it accessible by everyone, easily, and in a very comfortable fashion", said Chi Xu, founder and CEO of nreal. "We're excited to introduce nreal light, truly radical new mixed reality glasses that are designed to be comfortable and light and offer a fully immersive mixed reality experience. This is just a beginning."
nreal also announces $15 million in total fundraising including its Series A from Shunwei Capital, China Growth Capital (CGC), APlus, Siasun and iQIYI. The company did not reveal when their mixed reality glasses will be available and what they will cost.