BEIJING — Hainan Airways this week began letting passengers on some routes use Rokid’s augmented actuality glasses totally free for in-flight leisure, the tech startup introduced Thursday.
Chinese language start-up Rokid claimed it is the primary time AR glasses — which permit computer-generated pictures to be superimposed on the actual world — have been used at scale on flights. Passengers can watch 3D films, learn e-books and play easy video games utilizing the glasses, as an alternative of doing so on a built-in monitor.
Apple’s Imaginative and prescient Professional digital actuality headset, which is not obtainable in China but, comes with a motion-stabilizing “travel mode” to be used on airplanes. The gadget permits wearers to see the actual world utilizing what the corporate calls “spatial computing” expertise.
Rokid’s cope with Hainan Airways is extra of a advertising and marketing effort to spice up customers’ consciousness of AR glasses, somewhat than a big industrial deal, the startup’s founder and CEO Misa Zhu instructed CNBC in a cellphone interview Wednesday.
He claimed Rokid was in talks “with a number of airways” for comparable partnerships, together with at the very least one main worldwide operator. Zhu stated he wasn’t licensed to reveal particulars, however expects extra bulletins within the subsequent few months.
Hainan Airways is without doubt one of the main flight operators in China, and presents worldwide routes as nicely. The corporate launched a brief video to advertise its collaboration with Rokid.
Zhu stated the airline purchased a whole bunch of Rokid AR glasses for passengers to make use of totally free on greater than 20 flights. Every pair retails for simply over 3,000 yuan ($420) and weighs 75 grams.
For comparability, Apple’s Imaginative and prescient Professional prices about $3,500 and weighs 600 grams to 650 grams.
Hainan Airways first examined Rokid’s AR glasses on a industrial flight from Shenzhen to Xi’an on Wednesday, and is rolling out the gadgets on many different flights beginning Thursday, Rokid stated.
The preliminary trial interval is about for a month, coinciding with the weeklong Lunar New Yr vacation in China that formally kicks off on Saturday, throughout which a whole bunch of tens of millions of locals journey domestically.
“Airways are fairly excited as a result of they will supply extra companies, and it’s totally aggressive,” Zhu stated in Mandarin, translated by CNBC.
He stated Rokid is in talks to include AR glasses into different technique of transit, resembling excessive velocity trains.