I tried Nreal Air, and I finally get AR glasses

Nreal Air AR glasses; a pair of black AR glasses on a wooden table
(Image credit: Future)

Nreal Air is the leading brand for AR glasses, but I've never really understood what they are for; heavier than standard sunglasses and lacking the full virtual worlds of VR, I've always looked at this technology dumbfounded. But recently I tried Nreal Air and to my surprise I finally got what all the fuss is about.

AR, or augmented reality, to give the tech its proper name, has had its champions for years. Many leading clever folks see full AR as the end result of VR; Microsoft for one has viewed virtual reality as a stepping stone to AR. But holding AR back has always been those muddled preconceptions, after all do you really want to view your phone all day and never escape the updates from Vloggers eager to sell you energy drinks?

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.