Meta is planning to release its first AR glasses in 2024, although sources point out that it will take a little longer for them to become an available option for everyone. These are part of a vision of the metaverse available to all human beings by Mark Zuckerberg, who defines them as the holy grail that will strengthen the relationship with technology.
Since the announcement of Meta last October, they planned it as the bridge between virtual reality and the real world through video games and communications. Although Mark has optimistic goals about the launch of AR glasses, the truth is that development technology is still weak. The demo put in the last metaverse presentation is not yet based on any functioning hardware or software.
More on the glasses
Former roadmap workers revealed some details to The Verge, that they shouldn’t mention openly. They are planning the glasses to be completely autonomous from mobile phones, although they need a “phone-shaped device” to control various aspects related to their control and power.
“Zuck’s ego is intertwined with [the glasses]. He wants it to be an iPhone moment.”– A former employer that worked on the project
This first prototype is supposedly based on Android and could offer AR with 3D visuals, eye tracking, an outward-facing camera, stereo audio, a wide field of view, and a “socially acceptable” look. The most outstanding element of the glasses so far is the fact of being able to converse with the holograms of other people immersed in the metaverse, just as we saw in his presentation last fall.
They also plan to release a less exotic lens, Hypernova. These will synchronize with mobiles and will show the notifications of these through the screen of this device. It will available beginning in 2024.
Despite all these innovations, Meta will have to fight hard against Apple, who also has very ambitious goals in terms of AR. According to rumors, they plan to implement their own lens this fall.