Meta aims to release AR glasses that can work independently in 2024 and make an impact like the “first iPhone” –GIGAZINE

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg is developing a device to access the Metaverse the company is building, “an AR glass that can operate independently” in 2024, foreign media outlet The Verge said.

Behind Mark Zuckerberg, big plans for AR glasses

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, has a big vision for building the Metaverse and wants users to access the Metaverse through proprietary AR glasses. Zuckerberg hopes Meta’s AR glasses will be “a holy grail-like device that redefines the relationship between humans and technology,” as it was when the first iPhone was released, Verge reported.

Zuckerberg changed the company name from Facebook to Meta in October 2021, and it will be possible for users to play games and enjoy fencing using holograms on the Metaverse built by the company. However, in the presentation on the Metaverse built by Meta, CEO Zuckerberg did not use hardware or software that actually worked, and at the time of writing, “AR Glass to Access the Metaverse Meta Imagines ” Not realised.

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Still, Zuckerberg has ambitious goals for the realization of AR glasses, and Meta is working to unveil the first-generation AR glasses by 2024, according to information Verge has obtained from sources. Additionally, at the time of writing, we are also working on “the design of a second generation AR glass that is lighter and more advanced than the first generation AR glass” which is scheduled for release in 2026, and will release the third-generation AR glass in 2028. It looks like it’s been put on the schedule.

“Zuckerberg wants to revolutionize the business again by renaming Facebook to Meta,” a person close to CEO Zuckerberg said. Facebook’s reputation has been confronted by the companyPrivacy issuesorModeration problemThe Verge points out that it was significantly reduced due to these factors and significantly damaged employee morale and confidence in leadership. In order to overcome this situation, CEO Mark Zuckerberg transformed Facebook into the Metaverse Meta company, the people said.

A former employee who was involved in the development of Meta’s AR Glass said, “Zuckerberg wants Meta’s AR Glass to have a similar impact to the original iPhone,” Zuckerberg’s AR says in the process of being development at Meta. You can see how high expectations you have for the glass.

One of Meta’s AR glass development projects is called “Project Nazare”, and it seems that this project is planned to escape the curse of the smartphone app market dominated by Apple and Google. Project Nazare’s 1st Generation AR Glass is designed to operate independently without pairing with a smartphone by offloading some computing to a mobile phone-like device that connects wirelessly to the main unit. In addition, Project Nazare will be equipped with a “marquee function” that communicates and interacts with a user’s hologram using another AR glass through an AR glass, which is more immersive than existing voice and video calls. and an engaging experience.

Meta spends billions of dollars (hundreds of billions of yen) developing AR glasses, and parts for AR glasses cost thousands of dollars (hundreds of thousands of yen), so The Verge said, “The Price of the AR glasses is undecided, but it’s clearly going to be far more expensive than Oculus’ $299 VR headset.”

Zuckerberg describes Project Nazare as “an AR glass that can provide a full AR experience with 3D graphics, a broad perspective, and a socially acceptable design.” Initially, Meta was trying to achieve a “70-degree viewing angle” better than existing smart glasses, but “that may not be possible,” The Verge said. Regarding the AR glass design at the time of writing, The Verge said, “It’s kind of like the black-rimmed glasses Superman wears when he dresses up as Clark Kent, and weighs 100g, which is about the same as the normal glasses. It is four times more. Other specifications of the AR glasses under development at Project Nazare are “battery life is 4 hours”, “mainly for indoor use”, “display is a custom waveguide microLED projector”, “stereo audio speaker in frame part” and “line of sight”. “Camera for tracking” and so on after.

Moreover, the operating system installed in Project Nazare is initially Google’s open source operating system.FuchsiaIt looks like an original Oculus-based development was planned, but that was scrapped in late 2021, and it’s reported that the same Android-based Oculus’s Quest VR is in development.

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Meta is reportedly working on the development of an AR glass called “Hypernova” which is different from Project Nazare, which will be a cheaper smart glass than Project Nazare and is expected to be released in 2024. There are said to be. Project Nazare is designed to work standalone, while Hypernova is designed to work in pairs with smartphones.North acquired by Google in 2020The Verge reports that it looks like smart glass.

Additionally, Meta is also working on the development of a wrist terminal that can be used with the two smart glasses developed by Project Nazare and Hypernova. There are no input devices such as touch screens, mice and keyboards in the smart glasses, but it seems that smooth input will be achieved by this wrist terminal “reading the electrical signal emitted by the user’s brain”. The technology related to the wrist terminals developed by Meta is based on technology from CTRL-Labs which the company acquired in 2019.

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Several companies are working on the development of smart glasses, including AR glasses, including Microsoft and Snap. However, smart glasses are not widely accepted in the world at all, and they are only used by some of the early adopters. So, “it’s a big bet for Meta as it looks to building AR glasses and the Metaverse,” The Verge said.

According to previous reports, Meta has assigned about 18,000 people to the Metaverse-related software and hardware development department, which will amount to $10 billion (about 1.3 trillion yen) in 2021 alone) is recorded.

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