Though augmented reality (AR) has been growing steadily in popularity, most people only experience it through smartphones, as the majority of the available AR headsets are in a price range that is out of reach of most consumers. DreamWorld hope to correct this, and other problems with current commercially available AR headsets with the launch of the DreamGlass.
The DreamGlass headset includes 2.5K resolution and 3DoF (degrees of Freedom) head tracking and can be tethered to a smartphone or PC, allowing for easier development.
Using a USB-C connector, the DreamGlass headset can be connected to a smartphone, allowing users to interact with the AR content in the headset by using the smartphone touchscreen as a controller.
The DreamWorld SDK is based on Unity, and is supported by both Windows and Android. The SDK has been designed to be simple to use, to encourage new developers to create content. To further emphasise its accesibility to ordinary consumers and small or independent developers, DreamWorld are pricing the DreamGlass headset at $399 (USD), which puts it at considerably cheaper than devices such as the Microsoft HoloLens.
DreamWorld Founder & CEO, Kevin Zhong states, “There is so much potential in Augmented Reality, but the hardware limitations and steep price points of headsets available today have not made it easy for developers to fully contribute to the ecosystem. Through the DreamGlass, we hope to be the guiding light for all developers- providing them with an accessible top-quality platform to create top quality content. Only then, will they be empowered to bring a more genuine realism to augmented reality. We want to close the gap between reality and the augmented digital world.”
The company has stated its belief that by providing an affordable, high-quality AR headset, developers and creative people will have more opportunities to bring content to life and provide the push needed to bring AR into the mainstream.