2021 is set to become a breakthrough year for the rollout of smart glasses and Facebook is at the front of the queue with its own wearable tech, though it’s not without a significant catch.
Frankly speaking, the future of wearable gadgets and real-world integration with augmented reality is easily top five on the list of most exciting developments in tech right now.
It’s also the worst kept secret in the industry that the biggest proprietors of modern tech are all working hard on developing their flagship versions of smart glasses, and Facebook is reportedly first in the queue to capitalise on what will inevitably become a booming market.
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Facebook has had a knack for advancing AR tech in recent times. It’s provided constant updates to accessible filter builders like Spark AR, acquired Virtual Reality giant Oculus, and rolled out its impressive video-calling hub, Facebook Portal. Its latest venture – kick-starting a slew of smart AR glasses – seems rather fitting.
Before you get giddy and start scouring the web for pre-orders though, Facebook is already tempering expectations for the actual capabilities of what ‘in-the-knows’ describe as ‘AR wearables’ for 2021.
If you’re a buff for this sort of thing (like me), you’ll likely recall Facebook’s Project Aria announcement last September which talked up an ambitious pair of smart glasses that would be able to layer 3D information contextually over the real world. If you’re wondering what that would look like, the demo showed for instance that someone could find a pair of lost keys in a messy room by way of a pinpoint notification in the lens.
Here it is in action below.