Nreal Light MR Glasses to Launch with Spatial’s Collab App Pre-Installed
Nreal’s Light mixed reality glasses are set to launch by the end of this year as a developer kit. Ahead of this launch, Nreal has now announced that the kit will come with the Spatial and DingTalk Work Space software pre-installed.
Both of these are apps that have been built for virtual collaboration applications which is currently a major priority area for many companies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic where employees have been forced to work remotely.
Spatial is the better-known virtual collaboration app and allows users to create their own virtual rooms and import their content into the room such as 3D models. The Spatial app is also already available on platforms such as Oculus Quest thereby allowing for cross-platform meetings. Cross-platform compatibility is important due to the limited user-base for each of the hardware and the fact that enterprises will be leveraging different types of AR/VR/MR hardware.
The Spatial experience is seamless and simple to use in order to accommodate the large influx of users who are joining online virtual collaboration platforms but are still unfamiliar with Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality applications. According to Spatial’s Head of Business Jacob Lowenstein, the company has worked to make its collaborative workplace accessible to the masses. For Spatial, the addition to the Nreal platform offers real potential as an accessible mixed reality platform that could, for the first time, be accessible to the masses.
DingTalk, on the other hand, offers multi-screen layout displays video that sit side-by-side in a curved 180-degree presentation arc and mimics a physical meeting. It also includes features like information sharing and manipulation in real-time with other participants in the call/collaborative space.
With companies increasingly recognizing the potential of AR and MR as viable alternatives to physical presence for connecting people in a powerful and meaningful way, platforms such as Spatial and DingTalk stand in a pole position to gain from this shift to a more immersive and interactive online collaboration experience. VR collaboration is more dynamic than the conventional 2D video calls.
The Nreal Light Developer Kit retails at $1,199 and is already available for pre-order. The mass market version of the mixed reality glasses is expected to retail for $499 and will have the capability to connect to both current smartphones along with the newer and futuristic 5G devices via a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or an 865 Mobile Platform.