Published on September 23rd, 2019 | by Emergent Enterprise0
Facebook Working on Smart Glasses with Ray-Ban, Code-named ‘Orion’
Which tech giant will be the first to offer AR smart glasses to the general public? Apple? Amazon? Salvador Rodriguez reports at CNBC that Facebook is working with Ray-Ban on an AI-fueled prototype as their entry into this unpredictable market. When it comes to AR glasses, the technology is close enough but it really comes down to the UX. Who can build smart glasses that people are comfortable wearing and want to be seen in? The winner of the AR smart glasses sweepstakes will need to figure that out.
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Facebook has been working to develop augmented reality glasses out of its Facebook Reality Labs in Redmond, Washington, for the past couple of years, but struggles with the development of the project have led the company to seek help. Now, Facebook is hoping a partnership with Ray-Ban parent company Luxottica will get them completed and ready for consumers between 2023 and 2025, according to people familiar.
The glasses are internally codenamed Orion, and they are designed to replace smartphones, the people said. The glasses would allow users to take calls, show information to users in a small display and live-stream their vantage point to their social media friends and followers.
Facebook is also developing an artificial intelligence voice assistant that would serve as a user input for the glasses, CNBC previously reported. In addition, the company has experimented with a ring device that would allow users to input information via motion sensor. That device is code-named Agios.
The company has hundreds of employees at its Redmond offices working on technology for the AR glasses, but thus far, Facebook has struggled to reduce the size of the device into a form factor that consumers will find appealing, a person who worked on the device told CNBC.