Facebook announces its next onboard project. It is now heading towards improving its hardware sector. The social-networking giant is planning to build augmented/virtual reality glasses. Many other tech giants tried to flourish this sector in the market but failed to do so.
Augmented/Virtual Reality Glasses:
Ficus Kirkpatrick, head of augmented reality at Facebook said, “We haven’t decided what type of model we would be creating, but we have a very intelligent team of researchers putting in their best efforts to bring this saying into reality.”
To stand at the first position in the market, Google has to compete with different AR and headsets makers such as Thalmic Labs and Magic Leap. Apple has tied up with companies like Vrvana and Akoia Holographics to improve their own AR sector.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook had previously announced about this technology in 2017. He also confessed that the company does not have enough sources, science, and technology to build up a strong product, but today when Facebook announced to release AR glasses in the market, it seems they have speeded up to make it a reality.
“We do not have the technology to build augmented reality product today. Hence, we have started with virtual reality first so that we could get closer to AR very soon.” Facebook has not revealed anything about its project but according to Cheddar’s Alex Health, it’s engaged in the project known as Sequoia. It uses projectors to display AR experiences.
The augmented reality headsets of Facebook would be similar to that of virtual reality headsets of Oculus. Keeping the interface common will help software developers to put in fewer efforts and reduce user’s struggles for understanding the software.
Facebook’s AR technology will have the same privacy concerns as people have about putting Portal camera inside their homes. Virtual reality is completely based on generating fictional world while augmented reality takes the real-world surroundings into account.