KDDI to Develop Smartglasses Using XR Technology with nreal

KDDI to Develop Smartglasses Using XR Technology with nreal Image Credit: Vodafone Germany

KDDI has formed a strategic partnership with nreal, developer of ready-to-wear mixed reality glasses, for the development of smartglasses using XR technology in Japan.

KDDI is moving forward with various partner companies to begin practical testing of smartglasses in Japan from June 2019. The devices will produce new experiences to transcend time and space with using XR technology, said KDDI.

KDDI will help with the development of domestic Japanese products using the 'light' smartglasses technology developed by nreal. The 'light' smartglasses to be used in future verification tests are going to be connected to either smartphones or computing unit equipped with the Snapdragon 845 chipset made by Qualcomm, compatible with an AR/VR app that enables position tracking for users. 

nreal last week announced the availability of nreal light, the first truly consumer-grade smartglasses, for the price of $499 USD. nreal light provides a light-weight XR Viewer that allows consumers to take advantage of 5G including high bandwidth and low latency to deliver immersive experiences virtually anywhery.

Yasuhisa Yamada, Deputy GM, KDDI
At KDDI, we anticipate the coming era of 5G technology as we work to make the world a more enjoyable place by integrating telecommunications and life design. I believe that XR technology is an essential part of that process, and through this partnership with nreal, we will create experiential value that will bring excitement to our customers.

Chi Xu, CEO, nreal
It is a great honor for us to be involved in making next-generation spatialS computing happen in this field together with KDDI, one of the world's major telecommunications companies.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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