Today marks the day that Meta has started taking orders for the Meta 2 Development Kit, our second generation augmented reality (AR) product that is leap-frogging the competition and delivering an immersive AR experience unlike any other. To say we’re excited is an understatement, but even more gratifying is how excited others are about what we’re doing. Here’s what technology influencers who have seen the Meta 2 Development Kit have said about it.
CEO Meron Gribetz previewed the technology in a talk he gave at the recent TED conference, laying out his vision for Meta’s neuroscience-based approach to computing. Meta is “creating an experience that merges the art of user interface design with the science of the brain, creating ‘natural machines’ that feel like extensions of ourselves rather than the other way around.”
With the Meta 2 Development Kit, you can grab, touch, and move digital objects – “holograms” – just like you do in the real world. It’s the most intuitive way to access digital content and fundamentally changes the way people collaborate, communicate, and engage with information and each other. Using natural hand motions means people don’t have to rely on clicks or buttons to manipulate holograms. They stay connected to the content, to each other, and the moment.
Since we launched the first Meta product, we’ve been working closely with developers and academics to create compelling applications that demonstrate the potential for our technology. We’ve also been listening closely to our partners and designed the Meta 2 Development Kit with input from close to a thousand of these early adopters.
TWNKLS, a Netherlands-based augmented reality agency, is one of those Meta partners. Robin Kallau, Senior Developer, had this to say about the Meta technology. "We love working with Meta, the pioneer in this growing field. Meta 2 is the first of the next wave of wearables and delivers capabilities that competing products have yet to offer. Meta gives us an edge by letting us build valuable experiences that we bring to our client engagements. Whether it’s training people how to assemble a jet engine faultlessly or showing where a fracture lies directly over a broken leg, the possibilities are endless."
If you’re a developer and want to jump on board, Meta is taking pre-orders for $949 on our website. We expect the product to ship sometime later in 2016. To get more details about the product, read the full announcement we made this morning.
2016 is shaping up to be a banner year for Meta and we look forward to seeing what our innovative development partners create using this new technology. Hope you’ll stay tuned.