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Xreal, a maker of augmented reality glasses, has announced the release of a new version of Nebula for Mac, bringing spatial computing and spatial cinema to MacBook users.
The release of Nebula for Mac is in line with the announcement of Apple Vision Pro, which emphasizes the introduction of spatial computing into the MacBook experience.
It doesn’t actually work with the recently announced Apple Vision Pro, although it does offer spatial visualization capabilities as an alternative to Apple Vision Pro with technology currently available on the market. Xreal is basically saying that users don’t have to wait until next year when Apple Vision Pro ships to enjoy it.
Xreal, formerly known as Nreal, said that Nebula for Mac offers an enhanced and flexible AR experience, with up to three virtual displays spatially adjustable in terms of size, distance and angle. This allows users to enjoy a whole new level of flexible productivity wherever they go, with the ability to fix displays in place while enjoying freedom of head movement, improving comfort and reducing neck pain.
Additionally, the spatial cinema mode in Nebula for Mac allows users to enjoy their favorite movies and TV shows from their hard drives on an adjustable cinematic virtual display. Xreal spatial display technology further enhances the cinematic experience by adding three degrees of freedom (3DoF), allowing users to move their heads freely just like sitting in a movie theater while wearing a headset.
Nebula for Mac offers up to three virtual displays. The main display on the MacBook is mirrored and complemented by two extended displays, giving Mac users a whole new level of flexible productivity, wherever they are. All virtual displays are spatially adjustable in terms of size (45″ to 154″), distance (1.5m to 9m), and angle (90 to 180). Spatial adjustment is simple and easy using the trackpad or mouse wheel, Xreal said.
Whether you’re at work or play, your MacBook just became one of the first computers to support advanced AR and spatial computing. I believe Xreal and Apple share the same vision of spatial computing and the huge impact it will have on our lives, Xreal co-founder Peng Jin said in a statement. We have worked hard for several years to develop products like Xreal Beam, products that bring us closer to realizing spatial computing.
Founded in 2017, Xreal has grown to become a leading designer and manufacturer of consumer AR eyewear, with offices in the United States, Japan, Korea and China. The company has more than 500 employees and has pioneered several key innovations that are transforming the augmented reality industry, including its proprietary optical technologies and unique, consumer-friendly product designs. Xreal also offers software development kits (SDKs) to developers and maintains a vibrant developer community. The company has raised a lot of money to date.
MacBook users can now experience enhanced AR productivity and cinematic content delivery with Nebula for Mac. Xreal’s commitment to spatial computing and its partnership with Apple brings a new level of flexibility and productivity to MacBook users, ha stated Xreal.
In spatial cinema mode, users will be able to use it as a spatial video player to enjoy their favorite movies and TV shows from their hard drives on a virtual display. Xreal Spatial Display technology further enhances the cinematic experience by adding 3DoF, allowing users to move their heads freely just like sitting in a movie theater. Whether it’s a business trip, a busy coffee shop or just relaxing at home, Space Cinema offers MacBook users an unparalleled visual entertainment experience.
Space cinema is part of an initiative by Xreal where employees are encouraged to express their creativity by creating their own AR apps. These are not officially supported products by Xreal, but depending on market and community feedback, we may change our minds, Jin said. Moving forward, we will continue to share similar creative app projects with the community from time to time. The first to emerge from the cage is space cinema. Compatible with both Intel and Apple platforms, we encourage all MacBook users to try it out and share their feedback with us.
According to analyst firm IDC, Xreal has surpassed Microsoft and Magic Leap in global shipments of AR devices in 2022. Xreal has partnered with electric vehicle company Nio to explore new use cases for in-car entertainment. And it expects shipments to reach 200,000 units globally soon.
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