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Facebook promised to release smart glasses this year, but without augmented reality


According to the head of hardware solutions at Facebook, Andrew Bosworth, Facebook smart glasses will appear sooner or later in 2021, but they will not have augmented reality technology. The glasses, which are created in collaboration with Ray-Ban and its parent company Luxottica Group, will connect to mobile devices, but the digital objects displayed on them will not be tied to real images (a hallmark of AR).

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‚ÄúThese are definitely pluggable glasses and they provide a lot of functions, but we are very restrained about the functionality they provide.– said Mr. Bosworth. – We are delighted with them, but we do not want to overestimate expectations. We don’t even call it augmented reality, we just call it smart glasses. “

Facebook first announced plans to release AR glasses in 2017 and has since worked on a number of camera technologies that allow digital images to be projected into the physical world, such as photo filters for front-facing cameras on smartphones. In recent years, Facebook has also invested significant resources in hardware development, acquired virtual reality company Oculus, and launched a home video communication device called Portal. Facebook’s VR, AR and hardware departments have over 6,000 employees, the whistleblower said. This is a bigger Facebook team than the Instagram and WhatsApp apps, each of which is used by billions of people.

Smart glasses are part of the company’s long-term efforts to create the next major platform. COO Mark Zuckerberg is a strong supporter of AR and VR. But the first version of Facebook glasses will not receive augmented reality, that is, the ability to add digital objects to the physical world. The company hasn’t disclosed the feature set for the future glasses yet, but claims they are in line with Facebook’s overall philosophy of promoting AR.

Andrew Bosworth noted that glasses, for example, will allow you to make first-person video at any time without taking your smartphone out of your pocket. Let’s see how interesting Facebook product is. Google also had promising Glass glasses, which, in fact, remained in the prototype stage for developers.

Snap previously released several versions of its smart glasses called Spectacles, which also allowed video recording. And Apple is rumored to be working on its own smart glasses variant too.

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