Google is allegedly working on a new generation of smart glasses that will allow you to use augmented reality through a gadget that sits on your face. Here’s how it may possibly work.
Google AR specs
According to The Times, this latest endeavor is the consequence of last year’s North acquisition. However, there are no further details available.
It’s also unclear whether Google will release a stopgap headset or if it is entirely focused on smart glasses design. The first device from Apple next year is expected to be a mixed reality headset with both AR development and virtual reality capability through the use of a pass-through camera where users can view the real world through a video feed rather than directly. On the other hand, Meta is working on Project Cambria for 2022.
Google acquired North in June of 2020, and the firm had already discontinued selling Focals 1.0 and decided to cancel Focals 2.0 by that time. The Google division responsible for Pixel, Nest, and other hardware now includes several leads and engineers from the start-up. The shift in job responsibilities makes sense before the prospective consumer product and occurs as the team developing an Augmented Reality OS is also housed under Devices & Services.
Of course, Google Glass has been on the market for more than two years, so this isn’t a totally new project for Google; however it appears that the most up to date AR specs under development will have additional functions and perhaps a different name.
Google was recently advertising job opportunities to work on a new “augmented reality operating system,” and those postings also mentioned an “innovative AR device” in the works at the firm. This isn’t a scenario out of nowhere.
As of now, there is still no official statement on the said rumors about the Google AR specs. Let’s wait and see for now.
Oppo Air Glass to possibly compete
If Google is not yet sure whether to launch its AR glasses, Oppo, on the other hand, making its competition for China alone.
According to reports, the new Oppo Air Glass will be available to Chinese customers in Q1 2022 for an unknown price. It’ll come in two parts: a detachable monocle waveguide device (black or white) and a silver half frame, as well as a black full frame. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to attach the 30-gram device to your own glasses.
The goal of the Oppo Air Glass interface is to make it easy for users to access information for use cases such as navigation, translation, teleprompting, calendar, weather forecast, fitness monitoring, and other functions.The Air Glass from Oppo is “assisted reality” in the company’s own words, which keeps the package light yet useful and accessible.
This is done using a “Spark Micro Projector,” which measures around the size of a single coffee bean and houses a Micro LED chip to project a brilliant 640 x 480 picture onto a waveguide display, one that’s larger than that of Google Glass.