Gizmos & Gadgets: Holographic Glasses Make 3D-Augmented Reality “Real”

December 18, 2013 – Meet Meta, a New York developer of holographic interface devices and inventor of the MetaPro glasses that transport the wearer into a world of 3D virtual reality.

Back in June Meta started a Kickstarter campaign that soon exceeded its $100,000 goal by almost double. Now the company is ready to take advance orders for its production prototype which should be available by June 2014.

Priced at $3,000 U.S. it features a 1280 x 720 pixel display with 40 degrees field of view. The optics provide enhanced 3D depth delivered by twin full RGB colour cameras, supported by accelerometers, gyroscope and compass.

A consumer version is slated to follow but no date has yet to be announced for its release. It will be priced at $667 U.S.

Meta’s immediate competitor is the well publicized Google Glass, priced anywhere from $500 to $1,500 U.S. but expected eventually to drop to around $299.

How does Meta compare? According to its inventors MetaPro will provide 15 times the display, not 2D but full 3D,  and finally full hand gesture recognition. Sort of a Google Glass+.



For a demonstration of what MetaPro can do watch the YouTube video.

Len Rosen lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a researcher and writer who has a fascination with science and technology. He is married with a daughter who works in radio, and a miniature red poodle who is his daily companion on walks of discovery. More...