Facebook recently unveils the following hardware product, and that would be its collaboration with Ray-Ban. According to Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, “The glasses have their iconic form factor, and they let you do some pretty neat things.” He further said, “I’m excited to get these into people’s hands and to continue to make progress on the journey towards full augmented reality glasses in the future.”
However, Zuckerberg did not discuss more about what these ‘near things’ would be. In fact, the reports regarding the performance of these glasses have been inconsistent. In the year, The Information and CNBC said that glasses would let users show information on a small display, take calls and live stream on social media. This live streaming is preferably through Instagram’s IGTV and Facebook’s live video functionality.
However, these rumors were denied by Facebook about the integrated display. Also, it does not classify the divide as an AR product.
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The new move of Facebook is into new hardware, especially in AR and VR with its Oculus product. It is a part of its path to becoming a metaverse company that Mr. Zukerberg said he hopes to pivot Facebook towards. The metaverse is basically a space that spans both digital and physical worlds where users can interact with other people. Besides that, a fully functioning economy in reading time. This could be via mixed or virtual reality, mobile devices, game consoles, and PCs connected.
In a recent interview, Mark Zuckerberg defined it as an ‘embodied internet’ and proposed di9t as an alternative to smartphones. Zuckerberg said, “Mobile phones kind of came around at the same time as Facebook, so we didn’t really get to play a big role in shaping the development of those platforms.”
Along with the Ray-Ban collaboration, Facebook is also developing ‘Project Aria’ small glasses. These glasses would add a 3D layer of useful and meaningful information on top of the physical world. However, Aria was all set to launch this year. The device seems to have been delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The smartwatch by Facebook will focus on the suite of messaging apps, and 2 detachable cameras are also in development. Moreover, the future versions of the device can see it linked to the Augmented Reality glasses. Currently, it is unclear if it refers to the upcoming hardware of Facebook or Project Aria.
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