Former Microsoft HoloLens engineer Sebastian Beetschen has launched an augmented reality (AR) headset that stands in stark contrast to Apple's upcoming Vision Pro. The Almer Arc 2 headset is the latest product from AR startup Almer, co-founded in 2021 by Beetschen and former jet fighter pilot Timon Binder.
The Almer Arc 2 weighs just 138 grams, making it four times lighter than Apple's Vision Pro. This is welcome news, considering many people who have tried the latter headset previously complained about its weight.
The Arc 2 features a 25MP camera, beamforming microphone, built-in speaker, holographic see-through screen, and offers 8 hours of battery life. Unlike Vision Pro, which is designed for indoor static settings, the transparent display can also be used in dynamic environments.
TeamViewer remote support
Armour's announcement coincides with a strategic partnership with TeamViewer, the world leader in remote IT support and sponsor of Manchester United. The partnership aims to enter the industrial market and will enable TeamViewer to provide remote support via the Arc 2 headset.
Percy Stocker, Senior Vice President of Product Management AR at TeamViewer commented: “We believe this product will soon see widespread adoption in the industry.Remote support via smartphones and tablets is limited by employees having their hands occupied and information not being directly visible. “And the camera doesn't follow the worker's perspective. Therefore, moving to AR provides TeamViewer with an opportunity to support this underserved market.”
Almer Arc headsets enable remote collaboration as if the parties were physically present. Enhances the wearer's environment with relevant information to point out real-world objects.
Sebastian Beetschen likens the Almer Arc to the visor of a jet fighter, saying, “The Almer Arc is a lightweight, compact, and easy-to-use AR headset. When a problem arises, frontline workers can pick up the Almer Arc and use it. “Contact a remote expert.'', allowing you to see and hear what the worker is experiencing. Experts identify problems, highlight objects, and display documents in the worker's view, simulating a collaborative, face-to-face experience. ”
The global AR market is projected to grow from $62.75 billion in 2023 to $1.1 trillion in 2030, at a CAGR of 50.7%. Amid this trend, the AR headset market is expected to reach $120 billion in 2026.
Beetschen said: “The potential cost savings alone from using AR to service all installed machinery for DACH's 10 largest machine tool manufacturers is worth £7.9 billion per year. It’s very realistic,” he concluded.