Augmented reality headsets are popping up all over the place nowadays, each promising to out-do one another in the quest to catch up with Google Glass. But every now and again, somebody comes around with an idea that blows the competition out of the water, and even Google should be getting a little nervous about the folks at META, who are already taking orders for their Glass-shattering MetaPro AR headset.
Housed in a pair of aviator glasses that would look perfectly at home on thew face of Tony Stark, the MetaPro headset will set you up with 40 degrees of dual-screen 720p augmented reality awesomeness. A pair of RGB motion-tracking cameras, mounted in the bridge, can track your gestures across nine axes of motion. This means that you can forget about having to touch the headset itself to interface with it. Simply reach out into space, ala Mr. Stark's computer interface, and move virtual objects in space. There's even a VR sculpting app that has to have Elon Musk button mashing in an effort to pre-order this AR monster.
You can even create AR mirrors of your smartphone and laptop and interact with them via the headset. Your apps and documents will literally be at your fingertips, although nobody else will be able to see them. You'll even be able to create a virtual representation of the computer you always dreamed about, multiple monitors and all, simply by popping the screen off of your virtual devices and placing them in mid-air.
All this AR and VR functionality is possible thanks to an Intel i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid state drive. There's also Wi-Fi connectivity as well as Bluetooth 4.0 so that you can connect with all of your real world gadgets wherever you are. At this point, you're likely doubting that anyone could fit all of that tech into a pair of glasses, aviators or no. That's where you'd be right. If you want the full processing power of a PC slapped onto your face, you're gonna have to deal with a cable dangling from the end of one of the temples. This cable attaches to a small, sleek-looking mini-PC that can easily slip into your pocket.
Thankfully, that's as far as the wires go on the MetaPro headset, and the pocket PC does come outfitted with a 32Whr battery stated to keep you in Tony Stark mode for up to 4-8 hours. Speaking of Stark, being Iron Man always comes at a bit of a premium sticker price. A pair of MetaPro AR aviators, pocket PC included, will run you a cool $3,000. Units are now available for pre-order and will start shipping next summer. As for the future, META is already looking at creating a unit that actually crams a whole PC into the bridge of your glasses. No word on what those suckers might retail for just yet, though.