another day, another dev kit

The parade of hardware continues, this time with Meta AR and their 2nd generation headset. Despite the enthusiastic title of the article, there still evidently is a long way to go to make the user experience not suck. Meta did manage to tweak Microsoft though, with their dev kit being $995 as opposed to $3K for HoloLens (which has a much smaller field of view). By the end of 2016 we should have at least 3 “high end” shipping VR headsets (Vive, Oculus, Sony), tons of low end VR (Gear, a spectrum of Cardboard-ish variants), and maybe a half dozen AR (Meta, Hololens, Daquri, Epson, and others). It’ll be crowded quickly, but one this is certain – most of the user experiences will be pretty crappy once you get past the “gee whiz” phase…

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