nReal's Magic Leap-like AR smartglasses cost $499, arriving by end of year

CNET | 5/30/2019 | Scott Stein
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nReal's original mixed reality glasses, demoed at CES in January.

Lightweight AR glasses haven't been a real thing yet, despite the promises of glasses-sized, more limited smartglasses such as the Vuzix Blade, or bigger, more expensive setups like the Magic Leap. But nReal's pair of phone-connected, sunglasses-sized, folding mixed reality glasses coming this year could bridge the gap.

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nReal Light, which we've had a chance to demo earlier this year, feels like a convincingly shrunken down version of what Magic Leap and HoloLens deliver. The glasses, which used to have their own hip-pack processor, will connect through USB-C with an approved range of Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 phones. The Black Shark 2 gaming phone is the first phone that will work with nReal's glasses.

$499 will get you the nReal Light "Consumer Kit," which consists of a folding pair of AR glasses that connect with USB-C, nothing more. A developer kit, which costs $1,199, comes with the nReal glasses, plus a single handheld 3DoF controller (which can point and control things, but doesn't accurate track motion in space like...
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