Meta, formerly known as Facebook, has been making waves in the tech industry with its ambitious plans to create augmented reality (AR) glasses that could revolutionize the way we interact with the world.
The company’s chief technology officer, Andrew Bosworth, recently claimed that the AR glasses are “the most advanced piece of technology on the planet in its domain” and “the most advanced thing that we’ve ever produced as a species” in the consumer electronics domain.
The AR glasses, codenamed “Project Nazare,” are expected to be unveiled by 2024, with subsequent versions planned for 2026 and 2028.
The glasses are designed to replace smartphones and offer immersive experiences that go beyond video calls. Users could interact with holograms of other people, access information and entertainment, and control their environment with gestures and voice commands.
However, the project faces many technical and ethical challenges, such as creating clear and affordable displays, ensuring enough battery life, and addressing privacy and security concerns.
Bosworth admitted that the glasses would require breakthroughs in materials and manufacturing, but he was optimistic about the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in enhancing the glasses’ functionality and usability.
He also hinted at the integration of a “great AI assistant” that could assist users with various tasks, though he did not provide any details.
Meta’s AR glasses are not the company’s first venture into wearable technology. In September 2023, Meta launched its smart glasses in collaboration with Ray-Ban, which can play music, take photos and videos, and livestream to Facebook and Instagram. The smart glasses, which have a pulsating white light to indicate recording, are aimed at creators who want to share their point of view with their audience. Meta said in its blog post that the smart glasses are “the first step towards a future where you can seamlessly connect with the people and things you love, without ever taking your phone out of your pocket.”