As Nreal strikes nearer to the buyer launch of its Light AR glasses, it’s persevering with to bolster the wearable’s software program capabilities with options that may attraction to finish customers. Today, the corporate introduced that it’s including Clay AIR’s high-fidelity optical hand monitoring answer to the glasses, in addition to increasing the platform’s mobile service help and apps.

In earlier demonstrations of Light, Nreal has typically used a tethered Android telephone as a controller, enabling customers to maneuver the machine round or contact its display to work together with AR objects seen within the glasses. But some demos hinted {that a} hand monitoring interface would even be obtainable, enabling customers to gesture in entrance of the glasses to the touch buttons and grasp digital objects.

“We don’t believe that there’s a single best way to interact with MR,” defined Nreal CEO Chi Xu, “and in fact could be a combination of control options at once, but we want to offer developers and users the choice to decide what’s best for them.”

Nreal Light AR glasses add Clay AIR hand tracking, hint at 5G gaming

Nreal’s selection of Clay AIR allows the glasses to help pinching, pointing, zooming, grabbing, and swiping of AR objects, whereas displaying dynamic real-time hand skeleton overlays atop the consumer’s actual palms — just like the optical hand monitoring seen lately within the Oculus Quest. Assuming the linked telephone makes use of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or 865 processor, hand rendering might be clean, with the choice to show full palms, particular person fingers, or different customized skins as an alternative of skeletons. The corporations declare that the monitoring and rendering options collectively have solely a modest influence on battery life.

Nreal Light AR glasses add Clay AIR hand tracking, hint at 5G gaming

Additionally, Nreal says that it’s increasing beforehand introduced European service partnerships that may see EE provide Light to clients within the United Kingdom, and Deutsche Telekom ship each Light and customized 5G apps for customers in Germany and different European markets. AR Field Advisor, a collaborative machine/{hardware} distant restore app proven final December at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit, might be joined by new 5G gaming and leisure content material for Nreal Light.

“We strongly believe that mixed reality and spatial computing will soon transform our lives,” mentioned Deutsche Telekom SVP Omar Tazi. “Deutsche Telekom together with Nreal will unleash the full potential of mixed reality to demonstrate the unlimited potential that 5G can offer to both consumers and professionals.” The service plans to supply 5G connectivity, edge computing, and content material together with live shows, sports activities occasions, and video games for Light, serving to Nreal to “unleash the full potential of mixed reality.”

Announced in January, Nreal’s Nebula launcher system will function a 3D hub for brand new Light-specific apps working on Android, in addition to 2D Android apps customers wish to see by way of the AR glasses. The firm mentioned final month that it’s working with Spatial to carry the collaborative work and social app to Light; it’s additionally exploring blended actuality workspace choices with Datamesh.

Nreal’s $499 Light shopper equipment remains to be deliberate for launch throughout the second quarter of this 12 months. A developer version is already obtainable for $1,199.