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Will this startup's glasses steal the show from the Apple Vision Pro ?

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Apple's Vision Pro has attracted a lot of attention since its release. Beyond its software interface which many find particularly successful, the format, quite heavy, and the relatively short battery life – in addition to a particularly salty price – are all flaws that struggle to convince potential users.

This kind of product, presented by Apple as by others as the beginning of the era of “spatial computing” (understand a computer that takes full advantage of virtual reality to maximize your productivity) may be the future.

These thin and lightweight glasses are -they are the solution to democratize “spatial computing” ?

But the copy still seems to be very perfect. In reality, it seems that what the category is missing to really appeal to a wide audience is particularly thin and light hardware, similar to classic glasses. All without compromise in terms of the mixed/virtual reality part.

A dream that will undoubtedly come true within a few years, but which remains inaccessible for the moment from a technological point of view, despite developments and a pace of ;#8217;particularly sustained innovations in the sector. Until everything that makes a product like Apple's Vision Pro can be fully integrated into an ultra-light form factor, Sightful presents a alternative that looks particularly elegant.

Its product, called Spacetop G1, is basically a portable PC, whose screen is replaced by glasses. The “lower case” which includes the keyboard and trackpad looks identical to a classic computer. Enough to accommodate quite a bit of battery capacity.

There is a proprietary operating system, SpaceOS, which allows you to place windows around you, a bit like the Vision Pro. Except that this product is designed to remain static: there is no question of installing a window in the kitchen and another in the living room. The experience is ultimately simpler, more purely oriented towards productivity.

On the technical sheet side, the firm offers a Qualcomm Snapdragon QCS8550 platform, 16 GB of RAM, and a battery with fast charging. The glasses themselves offer two OLED screens with a definition of 1920×1080 pixels per eye with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The latter appear semi-transparent – but unfortunately this is not specified on the site.

The glasses include headphones and a microphone optimized for videoconferencing. Unlike the Vision Pro, a small webcam housed in the computer's casing allows you to appear normally in the image, without the need to go through a form of 'persona' ;#8221; which would represent you digitally.

On the connectivity side, in addition to WiFi and Bluetooth, the computer has a 5G connection. The product will be sold for $1,900, which is a fraction of the price of Apple's headset. Initially, however, it will only be available in the United States with first deliveries planned for October 2024.

  • The Sightful firm presents a rather attractive alternative to Apple's Vision Pro.
  • His product actually replaces the screen of a laptop… with very lightweight mixed reality glasses.
  • All for a fraction of the price charged by Apple.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116