Last year at CES, RealMax blew the AR headset competition with a prototype AR headset that surpassed 100 degree field of view.
This year, after announcing the launch of the new RealMax Qian headset in December, the company has returned to Las Vegas with a product ready to go to the market.
RealMax Qian is an all-encompassing headset with sensors, CPU and battery enclosed in the headset's home rather than a sealed data packet. As a result, the headset still looks a lot of utilities, like a digital picture frame with head strap.
Based on image material from inside the headset that was released in October, it seems that the headset manages to meet its requirement of 100.8 degree field view, with AR content trimming taking place only at the outer edge of the frame.
] The company told Venture Beat that the dual display unit is running on a Snapdragon 835 and has six degrees of freedom through a nine-axis IMU sensor. The headset does not indirectly support hand guards, depending on a user input controller. However, users can also connect a Leap Motion sensor via a hand-held USB port.
While the company has not published a timeline for ordering and delivering the devices, RealMax claims that it has completed a pilot production run ready and plans to sell Qian headsets to less than $ 1,000.
Although RealMax Qian is ready for the market, selling for regular consumers is hard to sell, where companies like Nreal and ThirdEye Gen offer smart glasses that can show 3D content in real life in much more modern (and narrower) packages. But RealMax believes it has shots on the consumer market for several reasons.
"First, the size of the image, that they provide a truly in-depth, greatly enhanced reality experience," says Nigel Burton, chief technology officer in a statement (see Instagram video above). "Secondly, I think it is the mobility of our glasses. They are independent [and] can go everywhere. And thirdly, I think it is mass produced in China and we expect them to sell to consumers for the same or less than an advanced mobile phone. "
However, RealMax may have a call to business corporations where feature drums form and fashion, as the company's business-focused brand RealWear has been demonstrated through its head-mounted display business.
RealMax Qian can also, at a fraction of the price of a HoloLens or Magic Leap One, represent an attractive option for early adopters looking for an AR experience on a budget.