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Nreal Air glasses: A new budget AR headset

Nreal Air augmented reality glasses (Source: xda-developers.com)
Nreal Air augmented reality glasses (Source: xda-developers.com)
Nreal has unveiled the Nreal Air, a budget pair of augmented reality glasses. This headset is designed for consumers to watch TV and play games on a big-screen display on the move. The Nreal Air glasses are due to launch in December 2021.

This week, Nreal unveiled a new pair of augmented reality (AR) glasses, the Nreal Air. The glasses project a big-screen display right in front of you, allowing you to watch videos or play games for an immersive experience on the go. The Air glasses follow the release of the Nreal Light headset last year. Both use micro OLED displays, a tether cable to connect to your device and are designed to look like 'normal' sunglasses.

Nreal has made some improvements on the Light with the Nreal Air, such as a 90Hz refresh rate and high color density with as many as 49 pixels per degree (PPD). The field of view is slightly smaller at 46 degrees. The display is still large though, measuring 130 in (3.3 m) when viewed at a simulated distance of 9.84 ft (3 m) and 201 in (5.1 m) when viewed at 19.69 ft (6 m).

The Nreal Air will be compatible with iOS devices and most Android devices. The Air glasses are lighter, weighing just 2.72 oz (77 g), which should make them more comfortable to wear. Unlike the Light headset, there are no cameras on the Air glasses. This means that there is no hand tracking or spatial awareness. You will need to control the display using the app on your connected device.

The Nreal Air glasses are due to launch in December 2021 in Japan, China and South Korea. The headset is expected to roll out to the US and other western markets in 2022. Nreal has said that the Air glasses will retail at a lower price than the Light glasses that are currently retailing for €799 (US$926) in Europe.

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Polly Allcock
Polly Allcock - Tech Writer - 315 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2021
I've been interested in technology for as long as I can remember. From a young age, I have loved gadgets and understanding how things work. Since graduating, I have worked for several technology companies across FinTech, AdTech and Robotics.
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Polly Allcock, 2021-10- 3 (Update: 2021-10- 3)