Facebook & Ray-Ban Team Up For AR Wearables

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At the same confab, Michael Abrash, chief scientist of Facebook-owned VR company Oculus, said true augmented reality, or "full AR", was at least five years away.

Facebook has been working on augmented reality glasses for a while now. A patent filed by the company also came to light a few months back.

Facebook is developing a pair of smart glasses, internally codenamed Stella, in partnership with Ray-Ban, according to a person with direct knowledge of the project. Battery life will also undoubtedly be a concern for Facebook, especially if the glasses are created to replace a smartphone and therefore last all day without charging. By simply looking around through your gadget's display, you can see a mixture of both real-world scenery and virtual objects. They will also be equipped with a camera. According to sources, Facebook will launch these special types of glasses for customers from 2023 to 2025. It also licenses brands like Polo Ralph Lauren, Burberry, and Armani.

Facebook has hundreds of employees at its Facebook Reality Labs in Redmond, Washington working on these next-gen technologies.

Though neither Spectacles nor Google's Glass have resonated with the public, Facebook isn't the only company working to develop the technology.

The Social Media mammoth and one of the leading eyeglasses company are collaborating with each other to build smart glasses, code-named "Orion". This early in the device's development, Facebook has declined to comment to Grit Daily about the validity of the rumored "Orion" project, which was first reported on by CNBC on Tuesday. Luxottica partnered with Google in 2014, under which Google Glass device was made. Further, Orion glasses will house their own Alexa-like virtual assistant. However, Facebook engineers reportedly find themselves struggling to shrink the glasses into a form factor people would actually want to wear. Zuckerberg reportedly told Andrew "Boz" Bosworth, who is taking care of consumer hardware at the company, to prioritize the development of smart glasses. Meanwhile, Microsoft is making the HoloLens 2 headset and Snapchat's makers is keeping up with its Spectacles smart glasses. Facebook will be following Google's approach, opting to create glasses with a built in display and the ability to do numerous same functions we normally use a smartphone for today.

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