Nreal Air AR Glasses Launch in the US
The $379 Nreal Air augmented reality headset is finally launching n the US. The Nebula OS has been redesigned and the company has also beefed up support for both Mac and iOS.
The Nreal Air augmented reality glasses were launched one year ago with the initial launch covering markets in Europe and East Asia. The company is finally launching its affordable and small form factor AR glasses in the US market.
The Nreal Air augmented reality glasses was pitched as a device for playing games and streaming shows, mostly for entertainment use cases. The device is now available on Amazon for $379.
Like the erstwhile $599 Nreal Light AR glasses, the Nreal Air glasses must also be tethered to a smartphone or some other device. The connection will be easier with the new $59 Nreal Adaptor which is an HDMI-to-Lightning dongle for iPhone.
With that peripheral in mind, Nreal also upgraded the Nreal Air’s iOS and Mac compatibility. The Air will provide screen mirroring from iOS because the Nebula OS is not yet running on iPhones. However, users will still be able to watch the video services through a virtual 130-inch screen display.
There will also be a Nebula version for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops. When a user connects their Nreal Air to a Mac, it opens up a user interface known as AR Desktop.
Users can also view multiple virtual displays simultaneously which gives the Nreal Air glasses extra screen real estate when traveling.
Nreal has also redesigned its Nebula operating system. One of the biggest changes is in the AR Space experience which is seen by Nreal users when they open the Nebula OS which has been redesigned to give it a borderless curved wall design as well as animated menu icons.
Users will also get recommendations for content via a new widget. This gives the option of previewing apps without opening them. The Spatial Browser provides a horizontal mode (which comes in handy in multi-window web browsing) as well as a vertical mode that is useful for sites requiring a lot of scrolling.
Additionally, Nreal is also introducing additional casual games as well as a pair of new apps. One of these is Teleport which enables a user to explore 3D models of real-world objects scanned using smartphones.
Nreal Air users will also be to leave photos, text messages, and voice messages for other users. The Teleport app will be available before the end of the year.
There is also the Mirror Mode that allows users to play console and PC games on a massive 200-inch virtual screen. Nreal Air also supports cloud gaming services like Xbox Cloud Gaming.