Augmented reality (AR) is a direct live view or the indirect view of a physical, real-world environment consisting supplemented elements by input such as sound, video, graphics generated by computer technologies. The Meta 2 Augmented Reality kit allows you the creation of holographic applications, tools, and the elements you experience. It enables you the display of holograms, digitalized content, and comes with a software development kit.
Meta 2 Headset Specs
The Meta 2 Augmented Reality headset is a see-through headset, which comes with a software development kit (SDK) built on top of the most popular 3D engine in the world which is the Unity.
- The Meta 2 augmented reality specs have a complete view of 90- degree field
- It enables you a display resolution of 2560 x 1440
- It is designed for comfort with the parts of the headset below the eyebrows
- It is completely transparent and unobstructed so that one can easily make eye contact with others
- Under many circumstances, the Meta 2 can be worn for hours comfortably over eyeglasses.
- It has a 720- pixel front-facing camera
- A sensor array is featured for hand interactions and positional tracking
- This device features a 4 speaker near- ear audio, volume control, a 9- foot cable for video, data, and power(HDMI version 1.4b).
- Other requirements include support for Windows applications, Mac support planned for this year and Meta 2 operating system.
- This tethered device finally requires a modern computer with OS Windows 8 or 10
Meta 2 Software Development Kit (SDK)
The Meta 2 Development Kit enables you the widest field of view, the most intuitive access to digital information, direct hand interaction with holograms.
The SDK includes SLAM, occlusion, collaboration, neural interface design guidelines, example code, apps, documentation, and support.
Meta 2 Headset Field of View
The Meta 2 eliminates screen size limitations, enables you a full 90-degree field of view and 2560 x 1440 high-resolution display. It reduces the amount of effort needed to divide your attention between the real and the augmented world, thus allowing for more information to be displayed. It ultimately creates an immersive AR experience.
Direct Hand Interaction
People engage it with their environments through hand gestures. The Meta 2 enables you to move your hands to interact with holographic apps. One can also track objects, such as a pen or paint brush, with the Meta 2 as discussed above.
Meta 2 mirrors the way your brain work
Meta 2 unique interface and design principles allow you to access, manipulate and share digital information easily and naturally. This is called a new zero- learning- curve approach to computer technologies.
Create and collaborate in whole new ways
You can arrange your holographic apps and objects in a new kind of operating system provided by Meta 2. Your workspace can be laid out. Things remain in the position you put them. Interaction with colleagues and friends with the holograms are possible too.
Meta 2 supported apps
The Meta 2 makes the world a desktop background for you, enabling you to run Windows Applications. Mac support is planned this year.
Meta 2 Headset Vs HoloLens
Meta 2 has a clarified vision. It doesn’t want to create a new computing environment likes the ones used by the people nowadays. Thus, they turned to neuroscience for answers. Meta 2 wants their operating system to create a user- friendly environment, that doesn’t require much of learning. For interacting with holograms, you need to treat it like a physical object which actually exists.
It wants to simplify computing and avoid the complexity that the last 30 years of computer science have built by removing abstractions, such as files, windows, etc. It has become possible by making the hand and direct manipulation the primary method of interaction.
Meta 2 chose a notably different path of offering a large, more immersive screen display with high resolution. To get rid of monitors on the workspace is what they aim. Instead of using multiple monitors, they place virtual monitors or even just floating apps all around you. To access emails, you just look at where you put the email apps.
Meta 2 has a wide field of view as compared to what HoloLens has to offer. It has access to a powerful workstation and graphics card if you plug it into a computer. You don’t have to worry about the battery issues. Meta 2 has a series of pros and cons. It includes a number of immersive motion sensors and cameras. When talking about the catch, you’ll have to tether it to a computer with a nine- foot cable.
Meta 2 has focused strongly on applications of practicality, quite ignored immersive gaming altogether. The New Meta 2’s augmented reality headset’s price is comparatively lower than that of mixed reality devices such as the HoloLens, that is, $949 only.
On the other side features like superior tracking, environment understanding, the ability to interact with holograms, speech control, and being tetherless are pros that open up utility cases for HoloLens that are simply not possible with the Meta 2.
HoloLens allow browsing the web, taking the tours of the distant world and playing games. It’s a bit time consuming to understand it’s procedures of usage. Learning only two gestures is what you need to interact with its holographic interface. Those tools give you the freedom to move the way you want to. HoloLens works well, but understand its limitations though being an unfinished product is essential.
The hardware inside a HoloLens has less power than that of a modern Smartphone. The HoloLens is a mixed reality (MR) headset. It requires you to move around your environment. It can be plugged into a desktop computer. The HoloLens contains a custom chip designed by them called the holographic processing unit.
It processes a huge quantity of data in actual time to handle the environment analyzing and build spatial map meshes. This provides actual time small corrections to tracings related to the position. Likes most smartphones, it runs smoothly without interruptions and provides a quality image. This device has a limited battery life of about three to four hours. One doesn’t wear it more than that. It has fast- charging features with a common micro- USB cable.
The Microsoft HoloLens are expensive and costs at an average of $3000, three times as compared to Meta 2.
Meta 2 Headset Price
Meta 2 had started taking preorders before Q3 2016. It’s an amazing device only costs $949 bought along with the expensive $1000 gaming computer you need to plug it into. That computer can be used for other things such as driving you Oculus Rift VR headset. Meta 2 wasn’t shipping until Q3 2016.
Also published on Medium.