After successfully fighting the Magic Leap claim that it stole trade secrets, Nreal was finally able to launch Light mixed reality glasses in the consumer market. From now on, people in Korea can order Light – locally rebranded as “U + Real Glass” – as part of a mobile phone plan on the LG Uplus network, as long as you choose the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 or the LG Velvet as your handset. That way you can buy Light at a subsidized price of 349,500 winners (about $ 295). You can also purchase glasses separately for 699,000 winners (about $ 590) at an LG Uplus store from August 21, if you prefer to use them on other phones.
Because Nreal designed Light with 5G smartphones in mind, this consumer kit lacks the Toast computer unit we saw in previous demos. What you get, however, is a “VR Cover” that blocks your view of the outside world, thereby converting Light into VR glasses that makeshift. They will not replace dedicated VR headsets provided by their 52-degree diagonal field of view (this is the same figure for Microsoft’s enterprise-centric Hololens 2), while most VR headsets exceed 100 degrees here, but this is a nice bonus feature for when you want to immerse yourself in games or videos.