Facebook is reportedly working on futuristic smart glasses that can let users see virtual objects in the real world. A patent application for a "wa
Facebook is reportedly working on futuristic smart glasses that can let users see virtual objects in the real world.
A patent application for a “waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner” was published on August 17 by three members from the research division of Facebook`s virtual-reality subsidiary, Oculus, as Business Insider (businessinsider.com) reported.
The filing explained that the display “may augment views of a physical, real-world environment with computer-generated elements” and “may be included in an eye-wear comprising a frame and a display assembly that presents media to a user’s eyes”, as Business Insider wrote in their article.
According to Facebook`s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, virtual and augmented reality may soon replace smartphones and traditional PCs.
Augumented reality promises to be Facebook`s next big thing, as the online media speculated. The social media company bought Oculus for $2 billion in 2014.
Oculus works on the development of smart glasses. The glasses would be able to display images, video, and work with connected speakers or headphones to play audio when used, as the report added.
Facebook is using waveguide technology simalarly to other big companies like Microsoft and Google that took the same approach with their products. More specifically, Microsoft launched its HoloLense AR headset, while Google supported the mysterious glasses developed by Magic Leap.
“20 or 30 years from now, I predict that instead of carrying stylish smartphones everywhere, we’ll wear stylish glasses.”, said Michael Abrash, the chief scientist of Oculus, while at the Facebook`s developer conference earlier this year.
“Those glasses will offer VR, AR and everything in between, and we’ll use them all day.”, he elaborated as quoted by Business Insider.
The future will show whether smart glasses will replace our smart phone any time soon.