Google Glass may not offer the augmented reality experience the company initially promised, but other companies have happily stepped in to fill the void. One startup, Meta, claims it’s up to the task with a set of augmented reality goggles featuring a Ray-Ban inspired design. Meta announced today that a developer edition priced at $667 will begin shipping today, while a consumer-ready Meta Pro model is now available for pre-order for a whopping $3000.
That may seem like a lot, but considering what you’ll get with it may just be worth it. Instead of the tiny module used by Google Glass, Meta turns both of its goggle’s lenses into a 720p HD display thanks to a tiny projector built into each frame which also also work together to create 3D images the wearer can interact with. Each device also comes with multiple built-in cameras, an accelerometer, compass and gyroscope, as well as an Intel i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
The result looks like something out of science fiction. The user’s vision is filled with transparent lines and shapes which can simply show letters and number, project shapes in front of you or even create a virtual representation of a smartphone or computer which you then control with your own hands as if the device was actually there. If Meta Pro works as well as the company claims then the possibilities are practically endless, and easily worth the $3000 price tag.