The deadly outbreak of the Wuhan corona virus has not only claimed lives in China, but has also caused disruption throughout the world, particularly in the technology industry. To date, the virus has claimed more than 1,000 lives in China, according to country officials.
Now the virus has implications for production in the augmented reality segment of the tech world.
On Monday, China-based smartglass maker Nreal has announced that it will temporarily stop the production of the Nreal Light. The interruption will cause delays when sending the Nreal Light Developer Kit.
The announcement was silently revealed in a short message (see below) delivered via the company's official Twitter account.
In addition, Nreal's plans to ship the consumer version of Nreal Light, which is scheduled to ship offered for sale in the first half of 2020 are now also in danger.
Concerns about the corona virus have also prompted several technology companies with roles in the augmented reality industry to withdraw from the Mobile World Congress 2020, scheduled to begin on February 24 in Barcelona, Spain.  Nreal pauses the production of Smartglasses because Coronavirus problems have an impact on China, Amazon, Facebook, Intel and Nvidia Exit MWC ” width=”480″ height=”480″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>
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In recent days, some of the biggest technical names have plans to attend the event canceled, including ing Ericsson, Nvidia, Sony, Vivo, LG, Amazon and NTT Docomo.
"Given the health risks associated with the corona virus, safeguarding the safety of our colleagues, partners and customers is our greatest concern," says a statement from Nvidia on the website from the company . "MWC Barcelona is one of & # 39; s most important technology conferences in the world. We have been looking forward to sharing our work in AI, 5G and vRAN with industry. We regret that we are not present but believe this is the right decision "
The Sony of Japan has delivered a similar message. "Sony has been following the evolving situation closely following the new coronavirus outbreak, declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization on January 30, 2020," the company said. "Because we attach the greatest importance to the safety and well-being of our customers, partners, media and employees, we have made the difficult decision to withdraw from participation in and participation in MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Spain."
In addition, chip giant Intel joined forces with smartphone maker Vivo in the early hours of Tuesday the list of cancellations. Shortly thereafter, Facebook and Cisco also announced plans to cancel participation in the event.
Regarding the presence of Nreal, the presence of social media continues to promote its participation in the annual event, and the company has made an official announcement regarding a change in its plans for MWC. In recent days, Chi Xu, the company's CEO, appeared alongside Microsoft HoloLens chief Alex Kipman in a geotagged photo in Spain.
For updates on the general status of the Mobile World Congress regarding the corona virus problem, check the event's GSMA website, which has updates and ongoing guidance for those who are still planning to attend.