With the consumer edition of its Nreal Light headset, scheduled for 2020, Nreal is willing to bring the entire Android app ecosystem into augmented reality.
Monday evening, just hours before the official start of CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nreal Nebula unveiled the first edition of its Android operating system for the Nreal Light. The system allows developers to adapt their Android apps to a 3D interface so that users can communicate with 2D versions of Android apps and have access to 3D content in their physical environment.
Like the landscape apps in the Lumin operating system for Magic Leap One or the spatial workspaces of the HoloLens 2, Nebula allows users to open and hold multiple apps in their personal space, where each screen can be customized.
In addition, Nebula will provide lasting content and multi-user experiences for the Nreal Light. In August 201
Nebula also supports flexible user input methods. For example, Nreal Light carriers can connect a Finch controller or Black Shark game kit for six degrees of freedom. Nreal will also integrate eye-tracking capabilities, which will come through a new forged partnership with 7invensun.
To demonstrate the experiences that Nebula can bring with Nreal Light, Nreal will have several demos, built with content and hardware partners, available to CES participants.
For shopping, Nreal and fashion brand Joseph will display a virtual showroom app, made by the Japanese AR studio Meson, with virtual models that wear different outfits that customers can purchase through the app. Nreal will also invite visitors to a smart home model, where users can operate devices via a virtual hub via the Nreal Light.
However, AR gaming will be the star of the showcase. Nreal has three games at hand. Kingdom of Blades, an action game that is part of Fruit Ninja, partly Beat Saber, will be demonstrated with the Finch 6DoF controllers. First-person shooter Zombie Bomber AR will also show how players can throw virtual bombs while using their smartphones as controllers. Finally, using the Black Shark controller, players will also have the side-scroller Corner Fight game to test.
"Black Shark is committed to providing the best gaming experience to global gamers. Black Shark's gaming phone and accessory connected to Nreal Light can provide immersive gaming experiences , "said David Li, vice president of Black Shark Global, in a statement to Next Reality. "At CES 2020, Black Shark 2 Pro and Nreal Light mark the future of a new generation of gaming and we are excited to work together on this and achieve more in the future."
Nreal has already started accepting pre-orders for the Nreal Light Developer Kit, including the Nreal Light, a 3DoF controller and a computer package for $ 1,199. Now, after securing partnerships with LG Uplus, KDDI and China Unicom, the startup has agreed to send the consumer version of the Nreal Light in early 2020.
"With the support of & # 39; the world's leading partners and brands, Nreal shows that Mixed Reality and 5G technology is rapidly coming to consumers around the world," said Chi Xu, CEO and founder of Nreal. "After launching for the pre-orders of the Nreal Light Developer Kit, we are excited about what our partners and developers can offer Nreal Light users."
After spending 2019 hypnotizing Nreal Light, setting up a developer ecosystem, and fending off court cases, Nreal is now on the clock to deliver on its promises of consumer quality AR glasses.