The release of connected glasses from Meta/Facebook is becoming clearer

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Meta would launch its first augmented reality glasses in 2024. Mark Zuckerberg wants an announcement as significant as the presentation of the iPhone.

It’s no secret that the firm behind Facebook is working on augmented reality glasses. Already invested in the field of “connected” glasses with Ray-Ban, Meta wants to go even further. The company headed by Mark Zuckerberg dreams of building the metaverse and needs to make it accessible via suitable devices. This digital universe must not only be accessible via a virtual reality headset, as is currently the case with Horizon Worlds on Quest 2.

The revolution ” metaverse must go through augmented reality glasses, known as Project Nazare. The website The Verge looks back on the ambitious project under development and announces that the first generation of glasses will arrive in 2024. Meta will offer a second version in 2026, lighter and more sophisticated. A third generation is even planned for 2028.

Clark Kent glasses for Meta

Meta’s augmented reality glasses will be standalone. The first version of the Nazare project will therefore not need to be paired with a smartphone; but to a smartphone-like device to perform heavy tasks. Meta would like to propose a “full AR experience” via its glasses, with a design “socially acceptable”. For now, the device imagined by Facebook would look like ” slightly “ to the dark glasses of Clark Kent who is none other than Superman (we hope not to have revealed you). It would weigh a hundred grams, or about four times more than a classic pair of glasses.

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On the functional side, it would be possible to communicate with holograms of other users. We expect to find microLED projectors, a front camera, an eye tracking sensor or even speakers on the glasses. Autonomy would be limited to four hours and the glasses will be designed to be used mainly indoors.

Meta wants to go fast and launch its device from 2024, but the development of the operating system would have known twists and turns. The firm behind Facebook wanted to use a system based on Google’s Fuchsia OS, but the idea was abandoned late last. According to The Verge, the software could not be ready for 2024. Meta would therefore opt for an Android-based system for the first version of its glasses; with a similar approach to that used for the Quest 2 headset.

Mark Zuckerberg wants his ‘iPhone moment’

Particularly invested, Mark Zuckerberg believes a lot in this project and in his dream of a metaverse. “Zuck’s ego is intimately tied to [ces lunettes]. He wants it to be an iPhone moment”, assures a former Meta employee who worked on the project. An exit that would confirm the importance given by the leader to the glasses.

Augmented reality glasses appear as a key element in Meta’s plan to create the Metaverse. Even before the name change of the firm, Mark Zuckerberg had mentioned the importance of connected glasses during wishes at the beginning of the year 2020

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“The technology platform of the 2010s was the mobile phone. The platform of the 2000s was the web, and the 1990s was the desktop […] I expect phones to remain our primary devices for most of this decade, but sometime in the 2020s we’ll have game-changing augmented reality glasses that will redefine our relationship with technology.”, explained the manager. This moment should start in 2024 for Meta; but the social media giant shouldn’t be the only one to get started. Apple could also try its luck in this area.


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