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Nreal light mixed-reality glasses look like a pair of Oakley sunglasses

Take a look at a pair of mixed-reality glasses smaller than the Magic Leap One.

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Patrick Holland
Patrick Holland has been a phone reviewer for CNET since 2016. He is a former theater director who occasionally makes short films. Patrick has an eye for photography and a passion for everything mobile. He is a colorful raconteur who will guide you through the ever-changing, fast-paced world of phones, especially the iPhone and iOS. He used to co-host CNET's I'm So Obsessed podcast and interviewed guests like Jeff Goldblum, Alfre Woodard, Stephen Merchant, Sam Jay, Edgar Wright and Roy Wood Jr.
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At CES, Nreal announced a pair of MR glasses the size of a pair of chunky Oakley sunglasses.

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The small size and bold primary colors are part of the Nreal Light's core audience: the consumer.

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Nreal takes a similar approach to Magic Leap by separating the glasses and the processor.

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An over-the-shoulder cable connects the glasses and processor pack.

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The image is bright and the field of view, 52 degrees, is wider than that on the Magic Leap or Microsoft Hololens. 

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You can handhold the processor pack with the controller docked on top

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The real challenge for Nreal will be media. We're still in the chicken-or-egg days of mixed-reality content and, just as it will for Microsoft and Magic Leap, that will ultimately be the key to success or failure for Nreal.

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Me trying to pet a mixed-reality cat.

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Nreal Light glasses will launch in late summer or early fall. While a price wasn't announced, I was told that the glasses would be a fraction of the cost of the Magic Leap One or Hololens.

Read CNET's first look at the Nreal Light mixed reality glasses.

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