Meta tries hard to transform science fiction into reality. They developed the first augmented reality (AR) glasses available in pre-orders for 2014.
Google Glasses had better watch out. Meta, a startup up based in San Francisco, is entering the smart glasses market with a bang. Meta has already conducted first attempts but today, it is starting the production of the Meta Pro. The first generation, called Meta 01, was mainly dedicated to the developers so as they can get used of the technology and start to design for the platforms. After a long period of adjustments and innovation, Meta unveils the Meta Pro, sleeker and smarter than its predecessor.
Meta Pro provides the first holographic interface integrated in a pair of glasses. Designed in aviator model, these glasses let you interact with virtual 3D objects. It can even create a virtual image of your personal things such as your smartphone and laptop. To make it clear, you can virtually mirror your real phone and have access to all your apps, messages, photos and calls.
Meta Pro eliminates the physical constraint of the objects leaving only their practical side.
The device features 960×540 see through optics with a 40 degree field of view. By comparison, it is about 15x the screen area of Google Glass. Each optic can play 720p HD and are arranged to display 3D.
Meta Pro includes 9 axis motion tracking among which an accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. Technically there is the same technology inside our smartphones which measures the slightest movement with high precision.
The sound comes from integrated speakers in the frame of the glasses. Meta Pro has been conceived to provide a 3D digital surround sound again in a concern of augmented reality.
A miniature frontal HD camera has been fixed between the two glasses. Meta Pro also added a depth 3D sensing camera that let you control interactive displays from a distance with your hands. You can interact with any virtually objects without ever touching them. This technology paves the way of a fully gestural touch-free user interface. The camera sensor can also identify the object the user indicates, collect the dimensions, and create a 3D model to print it directly to a 3D printer.
Finally, Meta Pro provides premium quality lenses developed by Carl Zeiss, a German manufacturer of optical systems. The company was responsible of many major innovations in optical industry and currently works for diverse NASA’s programs.
The pocket computer put inside the device features 4G of RAM, 128 GB of storage, an i5 CPU and a 32Whr battery. The device is completely wireless and works alongside with Bluetooth 4.0.
MetaStore: a collection of +500 apps
Developers are free to suggest their ideas of apps running on the glasses. They can test their ideas among the community who is asked to vote for the most promising ones. Here are the top 3 apps according to the number of votes:
- AMT-Augmented Medical Technology (236 votes): It is an emergency medical application that allows the first responders to appropriately perform first aids.
- META Larpin (168 votes): The augmented virtual live action role play allows you to embody a Warrior, an Archer or a Mage and fight against fantastic creatures.
- Pool Aiming Assistant (165 votes): It helps you to play pool games by indicating you the best trajectories to score.
We stand at the beginning of a new market offering infinite and promising perspectives. There are already giants trying to develop their own concept of AR glasses: Oculus VR, Google, Sony and Meta. Oculus VR has already raised $75 million to develop Oculus Rift and managed to gather a community of 42,000 developers.
AR technology integrated in smart gadgets such as glasses is set to have significant impact in the future. For the moment the technology is not really affordable, the Meta Pro can be bought for as little as $3,000 but the price is set to fall depending on the sale volume.