Vodafone Launching Nreal Light MR Glasses Across Europe
Vodafone will launch the Nreal Light mixed reality glasses to its consumer and enterprise market across Europe, a move that will see company deliver Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality experiences via its high-speed and ultra-low latency Gigabit 5G network. Nreal Light is slated for launch in Spain and Germany in the Spring of 2021 with other Vodafone markets set to follow afterwards.
The Nreal Light MR glasses are portable and lightweight mixed reality glasses with a smaller form factor and cutting-edge tech. They feature an industry-leading widescreen that give you an IMAX-like experience. Nreal Light’s small form factor means the glasses can be worn on a daily basis much like regular sunglasses.
The mixed reality glasses are cutting edge and a vast improvement over what is currently available in the market. They use a wired USB-C connection to leverage the computing power of a modern Android phone that helps run both the processing and control functions of the MR glasses.
These are the first mixed reality consumer smart glasses that are not only affordable but also provide users with top quality Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality experiences. They offer users a complete awareness of their surrounding environments including plane detection, six degrees of freedom tracking as well as image tracking.
Nreal Augmented Reality experiences overlay digital applications on what looks like a visual equivalent of a large and transparent screen thereby enabling the wearer to more easily see, move and also interact with their immediate surroundings. With Mixed Reality applications, this functionality can even be extended a step further, enabling users to overlay sophisticated digital content on a visible real-world environment thereby seamlessly blending the real-world environment with computer-generated digital content while also enabling the user to interact with the virtual 3D objects.
The mixed reality glasses are seamlessly compatible with majority of the existing Android smartphone applications thus allowing you to bring an Augmented Reality experience to a lot of the familiar apps. When you connect the Nreal Light to glasses to a compatible Android handset, you can use them to do a lot of stuff including playing AAA games, shopping, browsing the web or watching TVs and videos in augmented reality on a large ‘virtual screen’. You can do this while simultaneously multitasking up to three applications.
In a press release, Vodafone stated that it would also be collaborating with Nreal to develop new immersive Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality applications for both consumers and enterprise use-cases. The apps will fully leverage Nreal’s industry-leading mixed reality technology with Vodafone’s Gigabit 5G network.
There are several consumer Mixed Reality applications that are already in the works such as sports apps that overlay graphics and stats during live games as well as advanced multiplayer games that can blend both the virtual and live environments in real-time. Others include fitness coaching, immersive education, navigation and tour guides as well as interior design and interactive apps.
Vodafone is also working on a number of practical commercial Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality applications for business. These include apps for more immersive conference calling, engineering, remote collaboration on design and for manufacturing and assembly processes.
There are also various enterprise processes that can be enhanced with Mixed Reality such as virtual showrooms, product training, remote technical support, retail and training.
Nreal Light’s Developer Kit is already available and enables developers to build their own Mixed Reality applications for the mass market.