If smart glasses are the future, the RayNeo X2 Lite are a dystopia to avoid

I’m wearing the RayNeo X2 Lite AR glasses at a private meeting in Las Vegas during CES 2024, and I’ve never been more uncomfortable with a new product in my life. The RayNeo glasses have a limited field of view, and I am looking at a virtual assistant named Missy, a young girl wearing a school uniform who speaks using AI. I can’t see all of Missy, so I am constantly moving my head up and down to fit her into the frame. I’m ogling the AI, leering in a way I’d never look at a live human, and my RayNeo reps keep insisting that I ask her to dance. Please, make it stop.

I wasn’t sure what to expect trying the RayNeo X2 Lite AR glasses, but I wasn’t expecting the most uncomfortable and cringe-inducing product demo ever. RayNeo has a seriously misguided, and possibly offensive idea of what the killer app for AR glasses will be. The glasses themselves are not ready for prime time, but the AI chatbot RayNeo has included needs to disappear, immediately.

RayNeo X2 Lite glasses from the side

(Image credit: Philip Berne / Future)

The RayNeo X2 Lite is a smaller, lighter version of the RayNeo X2, and if you’re not familiar with that AR headset, don’t worry. There are no AR glasses that are ready for the mass market, not that I’ve seen. The RayNeo X2 is promising, but the AR experience isn’t even half-baked, so there’s no reason to consider this expensive pair of smart glasses.

The display is a problem, but not the only problem

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