The two companies plan to partner with telecommunications companies to sell 5G-enabled augmented reality technology for remote collaboration.
Augmented reality is considered an asset for the workplace of the future, as it would allow colleagues to collaborate remotely using digital avatars and virtual 3D objects that can be viewed and manipulated in real time during a meeting.
This vision is the basis of the announcement made on Thursday by Spatial and Nreal, which have joined forces to offer AR collaboration hardware and software.
Nreal unveiled its Nreal Light smart glasses at CES last month; the headset won praise for its light weight, ease of use and moderate price. The smart glasses are scheduled to be sold later for $ 499.
According to the partnership, the Spatial software will run on Nreal Light, which is based on a smartphone for computing power, providing an affordable way to connect workers in virtual meetings and unlocking the potential of 5G connectivity as they go. .
«I think this partnership is definitely a big deal, as it brings space access to probably one of the most popular AR companies and gives Nreal access to more use cases for their headphones,» said Anshel Sag, an analyst at Moor Insights. & Strategy. .
It’s another boost for Spatial, which previously collaborated with Microsoft to adapt its device-independent software for HoloLens Mixed Reality; These headphones are more powerful, but also much more expensive than Nreal Light. It also runs on Qualcomm’s Oculus Quest and XR2.
«[Spatial] he understands that they need a platform that allows as many AR headphones as possible to collaborate with each other without problems and efficiently «, said Sag. «I think it’s very much focused on enabling companies to collaborate remotely, but also to do so in a way that adds value through engaging collaboration and involvement.»
5G connectivity as a differentiator
The two providers are collaborating with LG Uplus in Korea, KDDI in Japan and Deutsche Telekom in Germany for 5G connectivity.
«Consumers will be able to work or interact with anyone, anywhere, as if they were standing next to each other,» space co-founder and CEO Anand Agarawala said in a statement.
Using 5G is designed to help overcome some of the barriers to an AR job, Sag said. «I think 5G will be important to remove some of the connectivity barriers that exist today and to reduce the need for so many layers of security to work together,» he said.
«Wi-Fi collaboration when it’s on the same network is great, but once you start integrating external networks, you face security and reliability issues and there 5G is really a major added value,» he said.
«5G will be faster than 4G, but the reality is that some 4Gs are already fast enough to accomplish some of these things. The problem is that 4G is not always so fast and this is exactly what will come with 5G and what is needed to improve collaboration and involvement between employees. «
Details on pricing, packaging, and collaboration plans with U.S. telecommunications companies were not immediately available.