Ex-Hololens engineer launches AR headset that’s the antithesis of Apple Vision Pro — and bags remote assistance partnership with Manchester United’s shirt sponsor

A former Microsoft’s HoloLens engineer, Sebastian Beetschen, has launched an augmented reality (AR) headset that is a stark contrast to Apple’s upcoming Vision Pro. The headset, Almer Arc 2, is the latest product from AR startup Almer, co-founded by Beetschen and ex-jet fighter pilot Timon Binder in 2021.

Weighing just 138 grams, the Almer Arc 2 is four times lighter than Apple’s Vision Pro, which will come as welcome news considering many of the people who have so far tried the latter headset have complained about its weight.