Meta is an Augmented Reality Startup based off of Los Gatos, CA. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, a series A round and the shipment of their first developer kit, they reached out to frog design mid 2015 to work on the design development of their second headset, the Meta 2.
The new device offers 2.5K resolution, the largest field of view out there and direct hand interactions. I had the opportunity to lead the industrial design effort for the project. The main challenge was managing large-scale components (including optical elements) in a way that was ergonomic, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. The goal was to take the device a step closer to a consumer product more so than a Development Kit that traditionally focuses more on functionality than usability.
After the completion of the project the company was able to raise another successful B round of funding. The Meta 2 Developer Kit started shipping 12/2016.