Nreal Air augmented reality glasses allow wearers to stream movies over 5G on a personal virtual screen on the go
Mobile operator EE has announced plans to launch smart glasses in the UK, allowing wearers to stream movies over 5G on the go.
The augmented reality (AR) glasses can be connected to a smartphone to stream video content and games, giving wearers their own personal virtual screen.
EE has partnered with Chinese AR company Nreal to launch its Nreal Air goggles exclusively in the UK.
What is Augmented Reality?
Augmented Reality is an interactive experience of a real environment augmented by computer-generated information.
It overlays virtual objects or real-world content, and it is gaining popularity through gadgets like smart glasses and smartphone cameras, as well as games like Pokemon Go.
The government has forecast spending on augmented and virtual reality to increase by 78% between 2019 and 2024, while EE found that more than a third of people (35%) are interested in a way to make big-screen experiences more mobile.
The Nreal Air uses an OLED display built into the goggles that can transmit video that appears on a 201-inch “Imax-sized” virtual screen in front of the wearer.
The glasses can also be used to mirror a connected smartphone screen or explore augmented reality apps.
When will the Nreal Air be available?
The Nreal Air will go on sale through EE later in the spring, the network confirmed, with full pricing and availability to be announced.
said Alistair Wilson, Director of Devices and Partnerships at EE. “We work with the best content providers and the most innovative technology companies in the world to create completely new experiences for our customers
“Nreal are at the forefront of AR and we are delighted to be the exclusive UK partner for the launch of their new Nreal Air AR glasses.
“Combined with the power of 5G, it truly opens up new possibilities for seamless streaming and access to new types of content on the go – these are truly exciting times for mobile.”
Nreal co-founder Peng Jin said the company was “delighted” to be bringing EE to the UK, adding: “At Nreal, we’re passionate about bringing AR into consumers’ everyday lives, what as well as that.” Internet will usher in a revolutionary transformation one day,” he said.
“AR will surpass the current mobile experience, especially when it comes to watching videos, playing sports, and playing PC and cloud video games.
“As we continue to enrich the AR ecosystem with every update and upgrade, consumers will enjoy more stunning digital innovations and experiences integrated into everyday life.”