I didn’t think it was possible to fit a 201 inch screen in my bag – until now.
EE has launched a brand new augmented reality headset with a company called Nreal that lets you magically project your life onto a massive virtual TV.
Nobody else can see what you see.
After the disappointment of Google Glass, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the results are pleasantly surprising, although this is only a brief first impression from real-world experience.
My only concern is that now that I can see, play and do whatever I want with normal looking glasses, I might become even more antisocial.
The Nreal Air has two modes – one that mirrors whatever you have on your phone and another that allows you to place virtual screens in your real-world environment.
The latter is the real star, allowing you to position multiple huge displays around the place.
At one point, two huge YouTube videos played to my left and right, with a news page in the middle.
With a smartphone, I can emit a virtual laser to select things in front of me.
You can zoom in or out, move the screens closer or further, and move them around the room.
While this virtual controller is essential, it’s a bit fiddly when you’re trying to tap little things, like the X to close a window.
I can imagine a sports fan watching different events simultaneously for the ultimate experience – imagine having a live game on BT Sport on one screen, Sky Sports News on another and a Twitter feed on a third.
And best of all, no one else can see what you see – this is for your eyes only.
You can play too – if the movement doesn’t make you a little nauseous
This level of privacy is great, but I also dread the thought of how it could be abused while sitting on a crowded commuter train…
However, this is still in the early stages.
We got to try a bike experience video on an indoor bike, which certainly made it less boring, but it’s not very interactive at the moment.
The creators hope that the developers will eventually fill these kinds of gaps.
And it only works on Android
The other catch is that some of the big players like Netflix don’t work – not on the best feature anyway.
This means you have to use the second option, smartphone mirroring, which copies everything you’ve done.
When you move your head, the screen moves too, which can be quite confusing.
If you can keep your head still, great.
The same goes for streaming games with the Xbox app – it’s great to play a game this way, but you have to stay still.
Another big problem is that it only works on Android – which shuts out a lot of iPhone loyalists.
It’s wired, too, although we didn’t find it very cumbersome in early testing.
People might think that waving your phone around makes you look a little crazy too, but that’s their problem.
It also has open-ear speakers that do their job, but the sound isn’t perfect.
Pairing some Bluetooth headphones would probably be a pleasure.
If you don’t want it expanded in your real-world environment, there’s a blackout visor you can attach to the top, which makes screens even clearer.
They’ve even thought of eyeglass wearers, with an attachment you can take to your optician to have prescription lenses fitted.
But the visual quality it packs is really good for such a small device.
It really makes conversation more exciting – and more private.
The glasses go on sale exclusively through EE on May 20th, priced at £399 or £35 per month for 11 months with a £10 upfront payment via the Add to Plan.
Eyeglass wearers are given a special lens that they can take to their opticianEyeglass wearers are given a special lens that they can take to their optician
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