In 2024, Meta may release its first augmented reality (AR) glasses. It’ll very certainly become the company’s flagship product, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants it to be an “iPhone moment” for Meta. We are not sure that such a moment can really happen again, but Zuckerberg can sure dream of it.
Meta has already invested billions of dollars in the creation of the project, nicknamed “Nazare.” According to reports, the AR glasses will function independently of other devices, i.e., they will not require a phone to function. This is part of Meta’s effort to break free from Apple and Google’s control over how apps should function on their devices.
However, a “phone-shaped device” for computing and a CTRL Labs-developed electrical pulse-based wristband for control may be necessary.
Meta hopes to introduce the glasses in 2024, followed by 2 more advanced prototypes in 2026 and 2028. The version released in 2026 will be lighter and more advanced. The glasses are reportedly in the works and are slated to be more expensive than Meta’s Oculus Quest 2 VR headset.
This initial generation of AR glasses is projected to run on Android and feature complete AR capabilities such as 3D images, eye tracking, an outward-facing camera, stereo audio, a broad field of view, and socially acceptable appearance. A key element will be the ability to communicate with other people’s holograms, as seen in a video shown at Meta’s big rebranding event last fall. The function, according to Mark Zuckerberg, would deliver a more immersive experience than plain video calling.
Some previous rumors stated that Meta is also working on a new set of AR glasses called the Hypernova, which will be released in 2024. These will be phone-connected smart eyewear with a small display that will show notifications. While the Meta CEO has high expectations for smart glasses, the business has yet to deliver a working, wearable prototype. During Zuckerberg’s Meta presentation, no working hardware or software was used in the demos.
Meta’s AR glasses would compete with Snap’s Spectacles and future Microsoft and Google models. At CES 2022, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced a cooperation to develop new semiconductors for AR glasses that will follow Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 device. The Ray-Ban Stories, Meta’s first smartglasses, were released last year and included microphones, speakers, and cameras.
We sure are looking forward to these AR glasses.
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