Meta is a Silicon Valley company known for making augmented reality products. Their products include the Meta 1 Developer Kit and the Meta 2 Development Kit. They combine real world technology with holographic images, and unlike the Oculus Rift, which is completely virtual, Meta is still transparent and the real world can still be seen. It was founded by Meron Gribetz. Gribetz thought of starting Meta while studying neuroscience and computer science at Columbia University under tutelage of Steven Feiner. CNBC identifies its main competitors as Vuzix and Recon Instruments rather than Google Glass. Their initial demographic will be business use, such as product engineers and architects.
Meta had a developer kit of its augmented reality headset in 2013 but it's the Meta 2 that's really caught our attention. It looks similar to HoloLens with its large shape and helmet-like design, but second-gen headset offers a larger field of view than any other AR headset out and on the way.
At 90 degrees, its three times bigger than the original Meta, and its 2560 x 1440 display plus positional tracking allowing your hands to interact with what you see makes for a very promising device.
But like most AR headsets, it's not cheap and it hasn't officially released yet. To get your hands on a Meta 2, it'll cost $949 and won't ship until Q3 2016.