Nreal Air AR glasses

lobstar

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Anyone else playing with these? https://www.nreal.ai/air/

I picked them up as a portable display for my Steam Deck and I'm blown away. They are great for watching youtube on the couch through your phone as well. Once they are setup they work just like any external usb-c monitor. I have heard you can have issues if using them with an HDMI adapter.

 

jdempsey

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Look very interesting to me, although I've been interested in this type of thing since I saw some el-shitmode versions of these like 20 years ago, flickery, low res, truely craptastic, but just something that can give you a high quality large format private screen for media is always something I thought would be killer.

What are the differences between the Air and the Light models? Other than the Lights being ugly AF and the Air not being available in the US yet? Website is big on style, low on substance, and I didn't see the answer for the few minutes I was willing to put up with it.. Either way, something I'll keep on my radar for the future.

I tried watching media on my OG HTC Vive back when I had it setup, but it just wasn't comfortable for very long, even though I know newer headsets are supposedly more so, I still doubt they would be great for this. While I'm sure it would be nice if these things had a battery and you didn't need to be wired up, I think they made the right choice skipping the added bulk, weight, complexity, and risk of having an onboard battery, for now, not to mention the wireless connectivity limitations.
 

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I tried watching media on my OG HTC Vive back when I had it setup, but it just wasn't comfortable for very long, even though I know newer headsets are supposedly more so, I still doubt they would be great for this. While I'm sure it would be nice if these things had a battery and you didn't need to be wired up, I think they made the right choice skipping the added bulk, weight, complexity, and risk of having an onboard battery, for now, not to mention the wireless connectivity limitations.
I had the same experience with both of my VR HMDs. These provide a similar or better field of view and way more comfortable.
What are the differences between the Air and the Light models? Other than the Lights being ugly AF and the Air not being available in the US yet? Website is big on style, low on substance, and I didn't see the answer for the few minutes I was willing to put up with it.. Either way, something I'll keep on my radar for the future.
The Light is specific to some model of phones where the Air has more broad compatibility once initialized. But I could be wrong, I never really did feel certain of that. I think the Light has cameras too? My personal reason for the Air over the Light was because I wanted a monitor replacement.
 

Gatecrasher3000

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Holy hell I want these, shocking it’s taken this long for a company to release a simple HMD that is just a large screen.
I don’t need head tracking, just give me a large clear screen that floats in my face.
 

Falkentyne

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Way too expensive. These are for rich people. But they sure seem like an interesting toy. Durability would also be an issue.
 

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Holy hell I want these, shocking it’s taken this long for a company to release a simple HMD that is just a large screen.
I don’t need head tracking, just give me a large clear screen that floats in my face.
These types of HMDs have been around since the 90s. (i.e. sony glasstron 1996) They are just less garbage now.
 

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We use the lights (or a different version, those look different and ours were like 1K apiece) for AR experiences at work work, they work great , we take them to events and people love them.
 

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These look and review great but for the price I'd want great 3D video with it.
Like these.
 
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Gatecrasher3000

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How clear is text? I plan on using these for gaming, but also would like to use them as a virtual desktop, but if text is blurry then that won't work for a 8 hour workday.
 

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How clear is text? I plan on using these for gaming, but also would like to use them as a virtual desktop, but if text is blurry then that won't work for a 8 hour workday.
I used them as a second monitor today while working on-site. You definitely need to take eye strain breaks if you read a lot, work with data, or a terminal. I personally don't have any issues with readability and if I do simply adjust the zoom slightly is enough to make the jaggies go away. My excel was at 103%, nothing crazy, just to help with aliasing.
 
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