• Meta is planning to release AR glasses in 2024, looking to escape the long-reaching shadows belonging to Apple and Google, the AR glasses Meta will produce will not have to be paired to an iPhone or an Android handset to work.
• However, the first version of the glasses will still need to be connected to a wireless phone-shaped device that will handle some of the processing required to make it work.
• Zuckerberg pushing Meta to release smart glasses in 2024; CEO wants an “iPhone moment”According to The Verge, Meta (Facebook’s parent company) plans on releasing a pair of smart glasses by 2024.
• Besides Project Nazare, Meta is believed to be working on a pair of cheaper smart glasses codenamed Hypernova which is also planned to be released in 2024.
• These glasses are priced at $299 and up.
Verge reports that Meta (Facebook’s parent company) intends to release a pair of smart glasses by 2024. According to reports, CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants it to be “an iPhone moment,” referring to the unveiling of the touchscreen iPhone in January 2007 and the excitement generated by its release later that year in June. The late Steve Jobs’ unveiling of the iPhone was an iconic moment, and the device changed the world.
According to Meta, the device’s original model will be released in 2024, followed by a sequel with a lighter and more advanced design in 2026. Another version is set to be released in 2028. While Meta and Zuckerberg have ambitious plans for the smart glasses, the company has yet to reveal them.
One of the most anticipated features has the potential to drastically alter how people communicate with one another via video calls. The smart glasses, according to Zuckerberg, will allow users to communicate and interact with holograms of other people, which he sees as a significant improvement over platforms like FaceTime and Duo.
According to insiders who are not authorized to speak on behalf of the company, the device’s code name is Project Nazare. According to a former employee who worked on the product, “[Zuckerberg’s] ego is intertwined with [the glasses].”
Meta is already predicting low sales for the first version of the AR glasses, which each cost thousands of dollars to produce. While Meta is said to have spent billions of dollars developing the device, it expects sales to be in the tens of thousands when it is first released, with sales going primarily to developers and early adopters.
Aside from Project Nazare, Meta is thought to be working on a pair of less expensive smart glasses codenamed Hypernova, which is also set to be released in 2024. In contrast to the more expensive model, Hypernova will connect to a smartphone and display notifications and incoming messages on a smaller display similar to North’s smart glasses.
Meta already sells smart glasses in collaboration with RayBan. The original Nazare glasses may include an AR experience with 3D capabilities and a wider field of view.
It will run on Android after it was determined that developing a custom OS based on Google’s open-source platform would take too long. The OG glasses will have four-hour battery life and will only be suitable for indoor use. These glasses start at $299 and go up from there.
To control the new glasses (both Hypernova and Nazare), the user must wear a device on his wrist that works by measuring pulses in the neurons of the user’s arm. This generates a phantom arm that the user can use to navigate the UI. Meta anticipates that the technology will allow the user to control the glasses with his mind.
According to The Verge, Meta had hoped to deliver the device with a 70-degree field of view, but that doesn’t appear to be possible—at least not for the first version of the device. The wearable resembles Superman’s glasses while disguised as Clark Kent in appearance, and at 100 grams, it weighs four times as much as a normal glasses.