In the wake of the global pandemic, Reliance Industries Ltd. held its 43rd annual general meeting virtually. Focusing on the need of the hour and using Augmented Reality (AR) to meet the futuristic requirements, Reliance showcased a new Mixed Reality solution Jio Glass. An immediate comparison was drawn between Jio Glass vs Google Glass.

For those who are #vocalforlocal, the Jio Glass might be the best bet. However, we decided to decode aspects of both these AR glasses.  

What is Jio Glass?

Having partnered with Google for its Jio products, Reliance Jio Glass is a Mixed Reality (MR) enabled smart glass. The latest Jio Glass innovation by Reliance aims to enable users to connect with the world around them virtually.The smart glass uses cutting-edge technology to provide its users the best-in-class Mixed Reality services for a truly immersive experience.

Reliance AGM 2020 Demos

The Jio Glassis not only designed to perform virtual meetings from any corner of the globe, but primarily caters to teachers and students and enables 3D virtual rooms. The new tech mixed reality headset allows three-dimensional interactions and to watch holographic content. The new step in Augmented Reality, the Jio Glass will enable teachers to conduct holographic classes via the Jio Mixed Reality service in real-time.

Reliance Industries President Kiran Thomas, during the press 43rd AGM gave a Jio demo by enacting a virtual call with Akash and IshaAmbani, whereAkashAmbaniappeared as a virtual avatar in a 3D space while Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal appeared via a regular video-call. He also emphasized on how the new Jio Glass will enable users to sit at home and join a meeting with colleagues in three dimensions

Jio Glass
JIO GLASS DEMO OFFICE MEETING

Reliance didn’t reveal much about the Jio Glass during the launch, however, was clear that the mixed-reality glasses are best suited for education & entertainment. The consumer grade wearable computing will also allow people join video meetings by holographically appearing in them. The Jio Glass will be available to both – individuals and busi          nesses, and will also its users to share files and presentations.

What Jio Glass price in India?

Reliance Industries Limited has not yet revealed the Jio Glass price in India, but the Jio Glass is expected to cost around INR 14,000 or around $200 USD.

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Jio Glass Features

  • A sleek combination of Bose Frames and Snapchat Spectacles, the Jio Glass has a single camera in the middle
  • JioGass is powered by Mixed Reality. users can interact with others over a conference call, who can join them either in their 3D avatar or the regular 2D video call format
  • Jio Glass is also compatible with voice commands and holds high resolution display and a spatial and personalised audio system
  • TheJio Glass has built-in speakers and battery that are safely tucked inside the two legs
  • Weighing only 75 gms, the Jio Glass has 25 in-built apps to allow augmented reality video meetings and more
  • Added support for spatial and directional XR sound system
  • The Jio Glass, to function, needs to be connected to a smartphone with a cable to power it
  • It supports HD quality video and it supports all standard audio formats
  • Reliance smart glass also allows quick sharing and viewing content on a giant virtual screen that is somewhat similar to the Oculus VR headset.

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Jio Glass vs Google Glass

Jio Glass vs Snapchat Spectacles 3 vs Microsoft HoloLens

Reliance’s entry into the smart glass space comes as COVID-19 forces adoption of remote workspaces and virtual classrooms. While earlier iterations of smart glasses like Google Glass, SnapChat’s Spectacles and Microsoft’s HoloLens all failed to take-off, Jio Glass could be timed just right for the market.

Snapchat Spectacles 3
Snapchat Spectacles 3

The ‘mixed reality’ headset by Reliance has entered the tech space with the promise of enabling holographic videoconferencing, 3D-presentations, and much more. Reliance has made its way in the smart glass space after a slanderous failure of Google Glass, SnapChat’s Spectacles and Microsoft’s HoloLens. The Snap Spectacles failed to make a mark for itself after its failure. The smart glasses by Snapchat is not suited for people with eye power as Snap doesn’t offer prescription spectacles.

Unlike the latest Jio Glass, which has one camera in the middle, the Snapchat Spectacles wears two attached HD cameras along with a bundled 3D viewer (AKA Google Cardboard).  These smart specs were designed to be worn on the go. The HoloLens 2, on the other hand, is and designed to be a fully-fledged headset, with 2K resolution, and is super heavy.

Jio Glass
JIO GLASS

The main difference bwteenJio Glass, Snapchat Spectacles 3 and Microsoft HoloLens is the price. While the estimated price of Jio Glass is around INR 14,000, Snap Spectacles 3 was launched in India at a price point of around INR 30,000. Microsoft HoloLens retails at a sky-high price of INR 2,63,000.

Microsoft HoloLens
Microsoft HoloLens

The question now is, whether Reliance Jio Glass will be able to meet the changing expectations of the “New Normal.” Will it be able to secure its position as the “best-in-class” of mixed reality services?

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