Business Insider reports that the source has tested a prototype of AR glasses being developed on. He claims that the prototype “looked like traditional glasses much more than the bulky AR headsets offered by Microsoft (HoloLens) or Magic Leap.”
“They look like really high-quality glasses. They are transparent and light enough that the user does not feel heaviness on his face, ”the source said.
The report notes that “hundreds” of employees were transferred from Reality Labs (formerly Oculus Research) to a new team focused on creating AR products. The team is jointly led by Michael Abrasch and Andrew Boz Bosworth. Abrash will continue to run ‘s reality labs as the main scientist.
told Business Insider that it was decided to move the development of AR equipment “from research to the realization of the idea.”
The source of the publication claimed that the release was postponed from 2020 to 2022, but denied this, stating that “we have an exciting AR road map that includes several products, therefore your release date is wrong”.
It is unclear whether the reference to “multiple” products means a multi-level product line (for example, Go and Quest on the VR market) or is it just a successor product.
Since the Oculus acquisition in 2014, Mark Zuckerberg hinted at a desire to launch AR equipment in the distant future. In 2016, the CEO told The Verge that AR “may” be where VR is “in 5 or 10 years,” but confirmed that Oculus is studying VR.
Zuckerberg was more specific in a 2017 interview with Recode, saying:
“I think everyone will agree in principle that today we do not have the science or technology to create AR glasses that we would like to see. We can do it in five years, or seven, or somewhere in this period. But we can hardly provide the experience we want right now. ”
Last October, head Ar Fiscus Kirkpatrick directly confirmed that the company is working on AR-glasses in an interview with TechCrunch.
News from Oculus Connect 5
On Oculus Connect 5 in October last year, chief scientist Michael Abrash spoke in detail about his views on future prospects for AR and VR. During this conversation, Abrash showed that ’s an investment in AR research has “increased significantly” over the past two years.
Abrash said that since no technology was good enough for AR, the company had to develop a “new display system”.
Abrash gave some specific details of what the company was targeting in terms of form factor – no more than 70 grams of weight and no more than 500 milliwatts. For comparison, Magic Leap One weighs over 300 grams. Like Magic Leap, Abrash said that the glasses would require an accompanying device – either a smartphone or a special unit.
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