“When I first put on the Mira Prism augmented reality headset, I was skeptical,” Adi Robertson reports for The Verge. “AR is a proven concept in fields like surgery and mechanics, but nobody’s made a good pair of glasses for everyday use.”
“But as I was surprised to find, Mira isn’t just another company with a clunky proof of concept and some big promises. Yes, the Prism is as weird-looking as lots of AR headsets — and for most people, it’ll be more novel than useful — but it’s the first headset I’ve seen that won’t charge you hundreds (or thousands) of dollars for that novelty,” Robertson reports. “”
“The Mira Prism doesn’t contain any electronics. It’s a shell like Samsung’s Gear VR or Google’s Daydream View, but for augmented reality,” Robertson reports. “To use it, you open a Mira-enabled app on your iPhone, then slide it into the Prism. The screen faces away from you and toward a transparent visor, which reflects the image back across your vision. Objects appear to float in front of you, rendered in stereoscopic 3D. The experience is very different from “mixed reality” that pipes a camera feed into a VR headset, because you’re seeing the real world at full resolution through your own eyes.”
Much more in the full review here.
MacDailyNews Take: Couple this with AR apps using Apple ARKit and imagine the possibilities!
(Note: Mira Prism supports iPhone 6, 6S and 7. No iPhone Plus or SE support.)
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