After Meta’s CEO Meron Gribetz revealed their new augmented reality headset at last month’s TEDx event, the company has now decided to take things a step further and announced that they are now taking pre-orders for their much-anticipated VR product.
Granted, Meta 2 may be bulgier and less stylish than other Augmented Reality headsets that are on the market these days, but whatever it lacks in terms of esthetics, it certainly makes up for in performance.
According to Meta’s official blog post, this second generation AR product is “leap-frogging the competition and delivering an immersive experience unlike any other.”
The new headset offers users the possibility to interact with the digital content using their hands, which is an innovation in the world of augmented reality. This means that people can now touch and move virtual objects (“holograms”) intuitively, just as they would do in the real world.
During his Ted Talk presentation, Meron Gribetz explained that this headset delivers an experience that is based on a neuroscience approach. For this product, the company focused on creating a “natural machine”, which feels like an extension of ourselves instead of the other way around.
One of the most important features of this product is the incredibly large 90-degree field of view, the largest one on the market. It has a 1,440p screen, a 720p webcam and an incredible set of sensors, which allows a total hand-controlled experience.
The headset can be connected to a computer through a 9-foot cable and it also allows you to interact with virtual objects through conventional methods, such as a keyboard or a Web browser.
It is useful to know that Meta 2 is compatible with Microsoft Office, Spotify and the Adobe Creative Suite. Since it was designed specifically for developers, the product is comfortable and lightweight, allowing users to remove it easily while they are testing and coding.
Eventually, the headset will focus on collaboration in the work space, allowing for multiple headsets to be synced up and show the same content, with users interacting with it at the same time.
The product does not come cheap, though. The Meta 2 Development Kit can be pre-ordered on their website for $949 and should begin shipping in the third quarter of 2016.
For those of you who may not know, Meta is an American company focused on creating augmented reality products. In 2013 they launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising almost $200,000, which helped them develop their products and bring them in the hands of consumers.
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