Meta wants to release its first augmented reality glasses in mid-2024, writes The Verge based on internal sources. In addition, work is already underway on a lighter model, which is supposed to appear in 2026. Meta does not want to answer questions from The Verge about its augmented reality glasses and its roadmap.
Employees involved in the project are not allowed to talk about it publicly, he writes the edge† For this reason the sources remain anonymous.
The operating system of the glasses will be based on Android. According to sources, Meta originally wanted to base the operating system on Google Fuschia, which is still under development. The glasses in any case should look like regular glasses. An important function of augmented reality glasses is to make video calls via holograms. With this, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to “provide a more immersive experience.”
Zuckerberg wants to achieve this with a 70-degree field of view, but that is “not possible” with the current design of the glasses, sources say. The glasses resemble Superman’s black frames when disguised as Clark Kent. The glasses are said to weigh 100g, which is four times heavier than regular glass and use “modified waveguides and microLED projectors” for the screen. The user must control the glasses with his eye movements by tracking the eye. The frame also gets a front camera and speakers built into the frame.
Meta has engaged semiconductor manufacturers in Asia to design wafers for glass scheduled for the second half of this decade. In 2026, a new version of the first augmented reality glasses “with a lighter, more advanced design” should be released. Two years later, Mita reportedly wanted to give birth to a third generation. “Meta employees are working hard to get the first generation on time,” sources told The Verge.
Moreover, Meta also plans to release “cheaper smart glasses codenamed Hypernova” in 2024. These glasses will be equipped with a hood that displays received notifications and the glasses can be linked to a smartphone. It is not known exactly what these glasses will look like.
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