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Nreal Light give hands-on experience with AR version

Nreal Light was first launched in January during CES, where the organisation unveiled that augmented reality smart glasses are connected to a tiny hip-mounted computer. After this declaration, the company has also ensured extra funding amounting to fifteen million dollars. The current news is that Nreal will be paired with the light glasses and smartphones which are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip.

The devices that use this chip are Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, Samsung Galaxy S10, Sony Xperia 1, LG V50 ThinQ, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Xiaomi Mi 9 and LG G8 ThingQ. To widen the purchaser base for Nreal Lights, the company announced that the only-glasses version will be less expensive.

What the Nreal Light looks like in action when tethered to a Snapdragon 855 chip smartphone. Image by Adario Strange/Next Reality

Wearability and quality of the build

As per the build and design, the hip computer and glass appear solid and is made for daily phone use. The glasses look like a general glass, but if you see the picture of the glass, you can easily recognise that it does not sit properly on the face, making it look different than the normal glasses. This is due to the fact that the glasses have sensors and cameras fit in them, adding bulk to its size and shape.

In order to balance this bulk, the glasses have a nose-bridge element, which is detachable in nature. This is available in different shapes and sizes and is inserted into a slot, which is located in the middle of the lenses. Now, when it comes to weight, it is just eighty-five grams, thus, enabling you to wear for prolonged hours in case you are seeing a movie.

Nreal offers a wide range of nose bridge insert options to help ensure a good fit. Images by Adario Strange/Next Reality

What augmented reality looks like?

This device is described as a step that is in-between AR handheld smartphones and AR headworn devices. If there is a straight comparison with the experiences of AR, it can be compared to the DreamGlass device. However, the chief difference is that you can enjoy a casual look with Nreal Lights, close enough to sunglasses, and this can be quite attractive to buyers.

Due to limited timing, AR interactions as per the organisation’s SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping), object identification, plane detection are not tested. But you will find that the glasses have impressive three-dimensional models and vibrant hues.

Interface

A circular 3DoF controller is the main interface mode and it settles in your palm. With just a weight of twenty-three grams, you have high chances of losing the controller if the owner uses the system that has a version of smartphone-only.

Conclusion

Nreal Light is not equally good as Hololens 1 or 2 or Magic Leap One. But overall, it is attractive, small and stylish to seize customers to purchase higher-end AR. The company has not yet released the date when the device will be on sale, but it has stated that it will be in the market this year. It is assumed that the success of Nreal Light will highly depend on its price. As Nreal has emerged from “zero” and has not built any trust with the buyers, the cost will be a vital factor.

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