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Nreal Light AR glasses add VR lenses, launch August 21 in South Korea

One and a half years after their CES debut, Nreal’s Light AR glasses are lastly solely days away from client availability — when you’re fortunate sufficient to be in South Korea. Thanks to offers with Korean know-how giants LG and Samsung, Light will hit shops on August 21 in bundles with two high-profile smartphones, whereas including a brand new {hardware} function and broader app compatibility past what was beforehand recognized.

The three-ounce wearable seems to be largely like a pair of folding sun shades, however fills 52 levels of your area of view with a stereoscopic 1,920 by 1,080 show, the equal of a vibrant 100-inch display mixing into the true world. Integrated cameras observe your hand gestures and eye actions, whereas USB-C-tethered smartphones (containing Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or newer processors) present the computing energy and Android app help. While the glasses have been designed for augmented actuality, Nreal can even embody VR Cover, a brand new lens shade accent that permits Light for use for immersive digital actuality purposes, as effectively.

Users of the LG Uplus mobile community will be capable to buy Light in backed bundles with both a Samsung Galaxy Be aware20 or LG Velvet telephone on a 5G knowledge plan. Normally 699,000 Korean received ($586 U.S.), the headset will value solely 349,000 received ($295) when bought with the telephone and plan, with preorders opening on August 11. Ten days later, it will likely be obtainable to buy in 120 shops throughout South Korea, together with LG Uplus retail places and Samsung-affiliated S Zone outlets.

At launch, Light might be appropriate with “several hundred major apps,” together with TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, Chrome, and Kakao Talk, in addition to U+AR and U+VR apps from LG Uplus. Additional apps from Nreal and its companions will arrive “following the launch,” together with collaborative holographic conferencing app Spatial, a recreation referred to as Nreal Tower, a TV app, and a third-party app beta preview assortment referred to as Nreal Studio. Already spectacular when it was revealed in beta type at CES earlier this 12 months, Light’s 3D Nebula app launcher has “undergone a radical update” in consumer interface to extend its intuitiveness to smartphone customers for the buyer launch.

Above: The new Nebula interface.

Image Credit: Nreal

Beyond the aforementioned VR Cover, the buyer Light package will embody a number of equipment, similar to a corrective lens body for near-sighted customers and 4 magnetic nostril pad attachments. While Light runs off of a smartphone’s battery and thus will fluctuate in longevity from machine to machine, Nreal says the headset will work constantly for 2 hours — not an enormous stretch of time, however akin to the two.5-hour “heavy load” run time of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nreal mentioned it will launch the buyer model of Light in “early 2020,” however the date slipped to mid 12 months. Sold with out bundling or service subsidies, Light is meant to be obtainable for particular person client purchases at $499 within the U.S., whereas an “all-in-one” enterprise mannequin with all the mandatory Snapdragon and sensor {hardware} inside a bigger chassis is deliberate for later this 12 months, at a worth above $1,200. The firm nonetheless expects to start client gross sales exterior South Korea within the months to come back.

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