Nreal Temporarily Halts Production of ‘Light’ AR Headset due to Coronavirus – Road to VR



Nreal, the creators of the Nreal Gentle AR glasses, at this time introduced that shipments of its developer package will probably be affected by the current developments in Asia surrounding the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The corporate, which is break up between San Francisco and Hangzhou, China, says in a tweet that manufacturing of the Nreal Gentle developer package has been halted. Delays are stated to have an effect on the newest batch of backers. There’s no indication of when manufacturing will begin again up; uncertainty within the area has up to now grow to be a unlucky norm.

Hangzhou, together with many different main cities in China, is within the precarious state of affairs the place some factories have been provisionally cleared to return to work because the Spring Pageant involves an in depth, nonetheless stringent city-wide lockdowns nonetheless stymie the movement of staff and assets.

Nreal Gentle launched pre-orders for its $1,200 developer package late final yr. The AR headset, which is pushed by a tethered compute unit operating a Snapdragon 845 cellular chipset, is touted for its extra slim-line look and enormous (for AR headsets) 52 diploma subject of view.

The Coronavirus, a novel respiratory virus, started in China with the primary reported case on December 31st, 2019. Since then the virus has seen greater than 28,000 confirmed circumstances and 565 deaths, in keeping with the World Well being Group. Whereas the Coronavirus has unfold to 24 different nations thus far, 99% of circumstances have been confined to China.

In the meantime, Nreal remains to be planning on attending MWC 2020, which has lately been marred with controversy as giant corporations akin to Amazon, Ericsson, LG, and Sony have pulled out citing the apparent public well being threat of selling the biggest telecom commerce festivals in the course of the epidemic. Occasion organizers GSMA has added plenty of well being and security measures to this yr’s MWC, akin to a ban on vacationers from Hubei province, elevated cleaning of public areas, and inspiring amongst attendees a ‘no-handshake’ coverage.

Nreal isn’t the one firm within the AR/VR sector to have felt the results. Fb has issued an analogous assertion concerning the provision of Oculus Quest, the standalone VR headset which has been notably in excessive demand since nicely earlier than the vacation season.