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The META AR Glasses Looks to Bring Augmented Reality to the Masses

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Google Glass is gearing up to hit retail shelves sometime next year, but it’s not the only piece of augmented eye wear out there. Meet the META AR glasses, a cool looking set of specs with some interesting features.

The META AR glasses sprang up on Kickstarter in May as a way to bring wearable Iron Man types of displays to the masses. It’s designed in a different way from Glass and uses Augmented Reality as its weapon of choice instead of throwing up notes and information on a lens. Take that Google Glass.

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META will be able to project virtual images on almost anything through the wonders of AR, and don’t worry, it’s not going to be the limited type of AR we’ve seen in mobile applications and games. Want to project a movie on a standard piece of paper? Not a problem, and the META AR glasses will even detect your hand interactions with virtual objects. The software is built on Unity3D as well which means developers will easily be able to port over Unity-based apps & games to the META AR.

If you’re thinking the META AR glasses are just another gimmicky product that “may” work, think again as they have already have two talented Steve’s on board – because one wasn’t enough. Steven Feiner has come aboard as their lead advisor, and he’s widely considered one of the world’s leading experts in the field of AR and is head of the Augmented Reality research department at Columbia. Their chief scientist is Steve Mann, who’s been dubbed as the “father of wearable computing”. Not bad for a company that just completed their Kickstarter run in June.

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If you’re wondering when you can get this wonderful piece of tech, you won’t have to wait for long. The Early Bird developer kits are on track to go out next month, and pre-orders for the META.01 Committed Developer Edition are available until August 20th at 12pm Pacific Time. You’ll have to commit to developing an app if you want the CDE edition, but you’re getting a nice discount and will get the AR glasses for $490 bucks. If you want something a little sleeker and more consumers friendly the META.01 Streamlined Edition ships in April 2014 and will go for $667.00.

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The META AR glasses are a product that folks should certainly get excited about, and while it’s still in its early stages the picture above gives you a good idea of what we can expect to see from future versions of the META AR. If you’re interested in finding out more about the META AR, what makes it tick or want to pre-order one you just hit up the link below.

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Source: TechCrunch