Meta announces its second-gen AR glasses

Meta announces its second-gen AR glasses

Privately-owned augmented reality (AR) startup Meta announced the second-generation version of its AR glasses - called 'Meta 2' - this week.

The Meta 2 AR glasses are a part of Meta's next-generation AR development kit which the Bay Area startup opened for preorders on Wednesday. The kit is priced at $949; and will likely start shipping in the third quarter of 2016.

The newly-announced Meta 2 AR glasses give users the ability to manipulate virtual imagery by hand; thanks to the use of a see- through display which projects images in the real world. As such Meta 2 AR glasses are different from the virtual reality (VR) headsets which create a fully immersive scenario for the users by blocking out the actual world.

The Meta 2 AR glasses basically take flat, two-dimensional images -- displayed on the screen of a computer or smartphone -- and convert those images into three-dimensional holographic images which appear to float in front of the users' eyes.

The field of view of Meta 2 AR glasses is also quite broad, as compared to the narrow field of view of some of the other AR/VR headsets. Specifically speaking, the Meta 2 glasses have a 90 degrees (diagonal) field of view, projected on a 2,560 x 1,440 screen.

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