Nreal is teasing an enterprise-focused standalone AR headset for launch in This autumn 2020, a variant of its Nreal Gentle AR glasses.
The corporate launched a darkened idea picture of the headset, which we’ve brightened right here:
This might be Nreal’s second product. Their first, Nreal Gentle , is pair of AR glasses supposed for customers. Nreal deliberate to ship the Gentle in 2019, however delayed till spring 2020. Nonetheless, manufacturing was just lately halted as a result of novel coronavirus. Nreal appears to count on to have the ability to produce hardware at scale later this yr although, it appears.
The Nreal Gentle glasses are tethered to both a excessive finish current Android telephone or an Nreal compute pack. However Nreal’s new all-in-one would combine the chip into the headset, most popular by professionals and enterprise as a result of it’s simpler to deploy and preserve one gadget per consumer than two.
From the appears of the sketches on the advertising supplies, the chip and battery are probably within the backplate on the rear of the consumer’s head.
Nreal increasing to enterprise mirrors the trail of Magic Leap One, which additionally began with customers. For Magic Leap, this adopted a report from The Data claiming the corporate offered simply 6,000 items within the first six months, in distinction to its goal of 100,000 per yr — itself a revision from the CEO’s expectation of 1 million.
AR headsets haven’t appealed to customers but, as a result of excessive value and relative infancy of the still-bulky expertise. We’re nonetheless years away from the belief of all day light-weight AR glasses many dream of. We’ll see if Nreal is in a position show an early adopter market with Gentle when it’s lastly in a position to manufacture at scale.
That is the alternative of Microsoft’s technique. Its HoloLens discovered adoption by enterprise and militaries. Massive firms and governments can afford the sticker value, and AR will be helpful for coaching, collaboration, and visualization.
Nreal clearly needs in on this market, given the corporate has already constructed a lot of the expertise wanted by growing shopper glasses. Whether or not it could construct the identical software program ecosystem and platform is but to be seen, however help for normal Android apps ought to make this job simpler.
Nreal hasn’t launched a value but, however informed VentureBeat it will likely be greater than the $1200 Gentle + compute pack, however “aggressive”. Magic Leap One is priced at $3000 and HoloLens 2 is priced at $3500.