15 July 2020
Reliance, an Indian conglomerate held its first-ever virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) and made several important announcements for its customers apart from just addressing the shareholders of the company.
Reliance announced a mixed reality headset called Jio Glass that pairs with your phone to let you experience a 3D holographic environment.
Jio Glass looks like any normal pair of sunglasses which is also light in weight. But the pair integrates sensors and necessary hardware in order to present an immersive experience for you. By connecting with a smartphone, one can host their meetings, conduct glasses, or simply make video calls.
It has an ergonomic design that is touted to be comfortable in use. It pairs with your smartphone and is compatible with 25 mixed reality apps across genres like entertainment, learning, gaming, shopping, and productivity. The glasses come with support for spatial and directional XR sound system that runs all audio formats without any wired attachments.
The Reliance Jio Glass has a high-resolution display and there are vents in the frame for heat dissipation. The company claims one can also make calls using the Jio Glass through voice commands like “Hello Jio, please call XXX.” Reliance Jio touts that the Jio Glass has a personalized audio system so that you do not have to rely on any other accessory for sound output.
It is yet to be seen how this mixed reality headset proves to be a good option for connecting the nation. From the announcement, the Jio Glass looks promising and it appears to have come at the right time when almost the whole nation is doing work from home and requires better video conferencing tools for their meeting. Reliance took a reference to COVID-19 and stated that we require more connectivity tools than ever as digital collaboration is seeing exponential growth.
Reliance Jio promises one can do holographic video call via which they can also share documents and discuss with others on a large screen. It is also possible to enable virtual interactions through a 3D virtual avatar or even in a 2D manner. Reliance also gave a demo during the AGM to show how the new Jio Glass works or how one can do work meetings using it.
In the demo, Reliance showed one person in a 3D avatar and another person in a video call, both discussing in a meeting, exchanging presentations, and viewing the presentation virtually on a large screen.
One can also have design discussions by sharing 3D assets and holograms while the virtual meeting is going on. Reliance continued the demo and showed how the Jio Glass can prove to be helpful for classrooms, especially for subjects like geography and history where students will be able to learn about a place by taking a virtual tour to it.
Jio Platforms' Tesseract subsidiary has designed the new Jio Glass. Reliance acquired the maximum stake in the Deeptech startup Tesseract back in 2019 for its future AR/VR projects and now Jio Glass appears to be the first tangible outcome of this acquisition.
Reliance has not yet announced the availability details of the Jio Glass, nor has it revealed the pricing of the same.