Reliance Jio has taken a significant leap into the mixed reality (MR) space with the unveiling of its latest innovation, the JioGlass, at India Mobile Congress 2023. The JioGlass, which supports augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) functionalities, is designed to provide an immersive experience for users. Developed by the Jio-acquired company Tesseract, a firm that specializes in AR and VR technologies, this made-in-India product stands as a testament to the country’s growing capabilities in the tech industry.
JioGlass comes with a suite of features, including a 100-inch full HD micro-LED 3D display that is promised to deliver a clear and immersive viewing experience. With user interaction facilitated through voice commands and gaze, the smart glass allows for a seamless connection with a range of devices via a USB Type-C display output. This connectivity is not limited to smartphones but also extends to laptops, gaming consoles, and other compatible gadgets.
In an effort to enhance user control, JioGlass can be paired with a smartphone to perform various functions like pointing, scrolling, and selecting through a multifunctional controller interface. The device facilitates workflow integration by enabling users to set up to three virtual screens, thus aiding in multitasking.
The JioGlass’s design includes features aimed at personalization and comfort, such as magnetic prescription frames that can accommodate a range of lens prescriptions. Moreover, the smart glass is equipped with an integrated trackpad, allowing users to adjust volume and control brightness with simple swipes.
As per reports, the JioGlass promises a battery life that supports a four-hour runtime in 3D mode, thanks to its 4000mAh battery. The glass is also outfitted with an array of sensors to enhance user experience, including a proximity sensor and a 9-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensor, which are key for head tracking and motion sensing.
While the pricing and official release date for the JioGlass remain undisclosed, Tesseract has initiated an early access program for enterprises looking to explore the possibilities offered by this technology.
Reliance Industries continues to advance its technology offerings with the launch of the JioDive VR headset earlier this year, marking its entry into the competitive VR market. The JioDive, priced at Rs 1,299 (MRP Rs 2,499), has already made VR more accessible to the Indian market.
The specifications of JioGlass point towards a device that is not just for entertainment but also holds potential for educational and professional applications. It allows for watching content on a virtual large screen and multitasking with three virtual screens. Moreover, it is said to support a host of educational apps that can transform how students engage with subjects like science and mathematics.
Reliance’s new JioImmerse XR Store is set to enrich the 3D content and app library in India, providing access to a variety of content ranging from cinema and TV shows to educational and gaming apps.