Huawei Launches Smart Visor VR Wearable 1

Is Huawei’s Smart Visor a serious competitor to Nreal?

Last Saturday, during the 2022 Global Conference on Virtual Reality Industry in Nanchang, Jiangxi, leading telecom product maker Huawei Technologies announced Smart Vision Glass, a lightweight virtual reality (VR) device designed for media streaming.

The device connects to a smartphone to stream content on immersive digital screens. Since the device does not use the CPU or internal storage, users must link the device to a smartphone, tablet, or desktop to operate the Smart Vision Glass product.

Smart Vision Glass has various technical specifications that allow the wearer to broadcast high-quality video content on virtual screens of up to 120 inches in size. The device’s hardware specifications include a Micro-OLED screen, 1080P binocular resolution, and German Rheinland blue light certification. Smart Vision Glass also has a smartphone-like battery that allows for long periods of use.

Huawei plans to distribute the device next month, along with the pre-order period. This news comes after it filed a patent for smart foldable AR glasses in April. In addition, the Shenzhen-based company launched the VR Glass headset in November 2021.

New competition for Nreal

Notably, Huawei’s latest devices share many design features from Nreal’s line of augmented reality (AR) smart glasses.

Like its upcoming Smart Vision Glass product, Nreal has designed its Air and Light products as immersive media streaming devices. The products allow users to display streaming media on virtual screens up to 102 inches high.

The Air packs hardware features, including a 46-degree field of view, 90Hz refresh rate, and integrated 5G connectivity to secure immersive, high-quality media streaming. The lightweight device has slightly reduced technical specifications, but with less weight.

In addition, Nreal has increased hand and eye tracking capabilities in its product portfolio. The company used an artificial intelligence (AI) network and Microsoft’s mixed reality toolkit to enable third-party tracking and navigation during ads.

In September, Nreal launched its Air product on Amazon with an iPhone-compatible dongle for iOS support. The extension allows users to connect their Apple smartphones, including the iPhone 14, to the Nreal Air product.

Furthermore, in social media posts released this week, Nreal teases a new compatible Apple device with Macbook computer support. Nreal will make its announcement this Thursday.

Apple integration has proven very popular across Nreal’s user base. The iPhone dongle sold out within 24 hours when it debuted on Amazon in an exclusive deal.

Nreal’s product portfolio is also gaining new use cases outside of its traditional media streaming purpose, thanks to a host of new partners.

In collaboration with Microsoft, Nreal developed the PeopleLens system in March, a device designed to improve social interaction among blind children.

PeopleLens integrates AI networks to allow devices to identify, identify, track, and capture the gaze of nearby peers so that the device can read individuals’ names out loud to assist a visually impaired child with interaction and navigation.

Nreal has also partnered with Nio to distribute purpose-built smart glasses for viewing immersive content and navigating inside an e-vehicle. The partnership began in September, and the duo launched their product that same month for $331.