The Nreal Light mixed reality (MR) glasses are due to arrive by the end of 2020 as a developer kit. In the run-up to launch Nreal has announced that the kit will come with two pieces of software pre-installed; Spatial and DingTalk Work Space.
Both apps are built around virtual collaboration, a key consideration for a lot of companies as employees work remotely. Spatial is the better known of the two, enabling users to create their own rooms and import their own content like 3D models. Another benefit is the fact that Spatial is already available on platforms like Oculus Quest, enabling cross-platform meetings.
“We’ve worked hard to ensure the Spatial experience is as easy and seamless as possible, especially to our huge influx of new users less familiar with AR and VR applications,” said Jacob Loewenstein, Head of Business at Spatial in a statement. “Our goal from the start has been to make our collaborative workplaces accessible to the masses, which is why we are so thrilled to be chosen as one of the pre-installed apps on the Nreal Light. Nreal marks the first mixed reality hardware platform with real potential to become the device to bring headworn computing to everyone. We’re excited for what the future holds for Spatial when Nreal Light ends up in the hands of consumers later this year.”
DingTalk’s multi-screen layout displays video side-by-side in a curved 180° presentation arc, mimicking a physical meeting. Features also include sharing and manipulating information with other call participants in real-time.
“Companies are waking up to the realization that AR and MR are viable substitutes that connect employees in a powerful way by transcending their physical presence but is more dynamic than 2D video calls,” Chi Xu, Founder and CEO of Nreal adds. “With killer apps like Spatial and DingtTalk pre-installed in the Nreal Light Developer Kit, we’re delivering exactly what consumers are looking for in MR glasses ahead of the availability of the consumer version of Nreal Light. We’re also excited to see what other types of apps that developers might bring to the table tomorrow as Nreal Light presents a unique and once-in-a-lifetime chance to ride the initial wave of the mass consumer’s eagerness for mixed reality.”
The Nreal Light Developer Kit is currently available for pre-order, retailing for $1,199 USD. The actual mass-market consumer version is expected to be sold for $499, able to connect to current smartphones as well as newer 5G devices using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or 865 Mobile Platform.