Facebook is preparing to launch a smart glass. The social media giant said that it has paired with renowned eyewear brand Ray-Ban to produce smart glasses. Facebook said that its first pair of smart glasses will be released in 2021. The announcement was made by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg himself at the Facebook Connect conference. The conference is being held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Zuckerberg didn’t share further details about the consumer smart glass. He said that a team of engineers in a Project Aria team is already experimenting with the smart glass. Aria is a new research project by Facebook to build wearable AR devices.
Zuckerberg said that there is still much work to do and informed that the smart glass will be classified as an augmented reality device. Facebook’s smart glass is unlikely to have an integrated display. This means it may look like Snap Spectacles or Echo Frames by Amazon. Technical specifications for Facebook’s smart glass will be produced by EssilorLuxottica. The Franco-Italian multinational is a global player in the field of designing and manufacturing frames and sunglasses. Facebook has for many years talked about developing AR devices. Top Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth said that the company is passionate to bring devices to enhance the ways for people to connect with their friends and family.
Andrew noted that the new smart glass has the potential to help Facebook meet its objective. Facebook’s upcoming device will let wearers use communication apps. But the company faces a series of challenges in producing consumer glass. The real challenges include developing sensors and camera capabilities. Besides, developing software for mapping in real-time is another challenge before the team. Facebook said that specifications and pricing of the smart glass will be made public ahead of its launch. Luxottica in a release said that the device will reset people’s expectations around wearables. Notably, top technology firms have in recent times shown keen interest in augmented reality AR devices.