Nreal, a Chinese augmented reality (AR) company announced a $499 consumer pair of its Light AR glasses on Thursday at the Augmented World Expo (AWE) in Santa Clara, according to Variety.
Nreal announced a newly formed partnership with Qualcomm at AWE. The glasses are compatible with any phone using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor. Nreal’s partner phones are also compatible, including the Black Shark 2 gaming phones, Oppo Remo 5G and LG thinQ.
Nreal’s consumers can expect an experience similar to that of a Magic Leap headset, but with the look of a pair of sunglasses. The device uses a USB-C to plug directly into compatible smartphones.
The company will also deliver a developer version that will cost $1199. That version will come with a handheld controller and external computing pack. The developer’s kit will be delivered in September and the consumer version will come later in the year.
Says Nreal founder and CEO Chi Xu, “We’re excited to finally make Nreal Light available to consumers, which at just $499 has dramatically lowered the barrier to adoption.”
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