A new eyewearable contender has emerged to compete with Google Glass. The MetaPro will retail for $3,000 and is now now available for preorder, according to CNET. The glasses feature a larger field of view and higher resolution than Google Glass, and Meta is known for its commitment to a mind-blowing augmented reality experience in the same way Google is known for Android.
The glasses feature two 1280x720-pixel LCD displays, each with 40 degrees field of view and aligned for stereoscopic 3D, two cameras, surround sound, accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. A less desirable feature of MetaPro is a wire than connects the glasses to a pocket computer. Meta claims this computing capability is 5 to 10 times more powerful than an iPhone.
Meta CEO Meron Gribetz believes that laptops, phones, and tablets will shortly belong to the dustbin of history. His vision of augmented reality is for fingertip control of projected images--be they handhelds, desktops or even rocket engines. The idea is to manipulate and interact with virtual 3D objects in ways that issue computing commands.
According to Gribetz, within three to five years the capabilities of the MetaPro can be shrunk into a contact lens and eventually inside the brain, implanted behind the optic nerve. While this is possible technologically, Gribetz may not be considering the regulatory or ethical challenges in commercializing such devices. They would be regulated by the US FDA, requiring clinical evidence that the devices are safe. That evidence requires a great deal of time and money.
Given the concerns about handheld emissions and the ethical criticisms of Google Glass, a noninvasive device, there is great likelihood that implantable or even contact devices are a nonstarter. But introducing an eyewearable device such as the MetaPro is itself a great innovation. If Gribetz can focus on making this product a success, the future for Meta looks bright.