Facebook’s Oculus VR headset is a very popular device in the AR community and Facebook has a lot of investment riding on this venture. Now, the company has revealed plans to come up with it’s own AR glasses where Facebook’s head of Augmented Reality Ficus Kirkpatrick said “Yeah! Well of course we’re working on it. We are building hardware products. We’re going forward on this . . . We want to see those glasses come into reality, and I think we want to play our part in helping to bring them there.”
Kirkpatrick further added:
We have no product to announce right now. But we have a lot of very talented people doing really, really compelling cutting-edge research that we hope plays a part in the future of headsets.
There is a lot of competition going on in AR at the moment and AR startups like Magic Leaps and Thalmic Labs are also preparing to launch their glasses and headsets. Facebook recently faced backlash regarding the privacy of it’s users so with the development of AR glasses, the company has a big challenge ahead to gain the trust of people if they have to dive into the personal lives of each individual.
Recently this year, CEO Mark Zukerberg also spoke about the efforts in AR:
Over the next 10 years, the form factor’s just going to keep on getting smaller and smaller, and eventually we’re going to have what looks like normal-looking glasses that can do both virtual and augmented reality. And augmented reality gives you the ability to see the world but also to be able to overlay digital objects on top of that.
So that means that today, if I want to show my friends a photo, I pull out my phone and I have a small version of the photo. In the future, you’ll be able to snap your fingers and pull out a photo and make it as big as you want, and with your AR glasses you’ll be able to show it to people and they’ll be able to see it.
As a matter of act, when we get to this world, a lot of things that we think about as physical objects today, like a TV for displaying an image, will actually just be $1 apps in an AR app store. So it’s going to take a long time to make this work. But this is the vision, and this is what we’re trying to get to over the next 10 years.