Nreal and Vodafone developing new business apps ahead of European release 1

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Ahead of the Nreal Light augmented reality and mixed reality glasses arriving in Europe, Vodafone and Nreal are working on apps to support collaboration, communication and a range of other business activities

Quick read

➨ Nreal Light will launch first in Germany and Spain in early 2021, alongside 5G-ready smartphones on the Vodafone network
➨ Other European markets are due to follow. The glasses are already available in Japan and South Korea
➨ Vodafone and Nreal are developing a range of “practical commercial” augmented and mixed reality apps for business, including immersive conference calling

The story

Vodafone is working with China-based Nreal to develop new augmented and mixed reality business apps following the release of the Nreal Light glasses in Europe.

Nreal Light will launch first in Germany and Spain in early 2021, alongside 5G-ready smartphones on the Vodafone network.

Other European markets are due to follow. The glasses are already available in Japan and South Korea.

The lightweight and comfortable mixed reality glasses are aimed at consumers and businesses.

They pair with an Android smartphone via wired USB-C connection, so they can be worn regularly and for significant periods of time.

The glasses are also powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G mobile platforms, so they are capable of delivering augmented and mixed reality to a variety of existing apps and activities.

In terms of immersive capabilities, the glasses offer an affordable, high-quality augmented and mixed reality experience with a sophisticated understanding of the surrounding environment, thanks to in-built six degrees of freedom tracking, plane detection and image tracking.

For business users, Nreal is positioning the glasses as an everyday working device that can serve as a multi-tasking monitor with compatible Bluetooth keyboards

Consumer applications include entertainment, gaming, social media and web browsing.

For business users, Nreal is positioning the glasses as an everyday working device that can serve as a multi-tasking monitor with compatible Bluetooth keyboards

Apps such as Microsoft Office Mobile (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote) are compatible with Nreal Light, as well as Gmail and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Vodafone and Nreal are developing a range of “practical commercial” augmented and mixed reality apps for business.

These range from more immersive conference calling to remote collaboration on design, engineering, manufacturing and assembly processes. 

Retail, product training, virtual showrooms and remote technical support can also be enabled through mixed reality capabilities of the glasses, according to Vodafone.

Phil Patel, director of products and services at Vodafone Group, believes the glasses are “a breakthrough product”.

He continues: “Nreal Light combined with Vodafone’s high speed, ultra-low latency Gigabit 5G network will give consumers and businesses an affordable, accessible way of experiencing the latest augmented and mixed reality experiences and brings the future a little closer for everyone.”

Nreal chief executive officer Chi Xu adds: “European consumers will be able to experience the future through Nreal Light. They’ll enjoy a new way to see and interact with their favourite apps in a 3D mixed reality environment on Vodafone’s 5G network.”

“We’re excited to be making Nreal Light available in Germany, Spain and other European countries in partnership with Vodafone as we continue our mission to make mixed reality accessible to consumers around the world.”

The collaboration follows the availability of the Nreal Light Developer Kit, which enabled developers to build their own mixed reality apps for consumers and businesses.

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Images: Vodafone

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