Augmented and virtual reality have been popular buzzwords in the tech industry for years now, with Meta striving to become a leader in both the software and hardware domains. Recently, Meta shared its latest hardware roadmap for AR and VR with its employees, revealing plans to launch full-fledged AR glasses in 2027 that people can wear all day, according to a report from The Verge.
These glasses will be able to project high-quality holograms of avatars onto the real world. Although many details about the glasses are yet to be disclosed, they have been in development for nearly eight years, and the company plans to start public testing by 2024.
While the AR glasses are not launching anytime soon, Meta is preparing to release several other AR and VR devices this year. These include the new Ray-Ban Stories, developed in partnership with Luxottica, and the Meta Quest 3, which will bring some massive improvements to comfort as the device is reportedly twice as thin while still retaining the same performance.
A look into the future
Next year, Meta plans to bring the VR experience to the masses with a VR headset called “Ventura,” which will supposedly be available at an attractive price. Moreover, the company also plans to launch the third generation of Ray-Ban Stories in 2025, which will offer advanced features such as real-time text translation, QR code scanning, and a “neural interface” that enables users to control the glasses through hand gestures and eventually type messages using a virtual keyboard. These advancements will take AR to the next level and offer users a more immersive experience.
It’s clear that Meta is striving to solidify its leadership in the industry with the launch of its AR glasses, but it’s not the only player. Apple is also developing its mixed reality headset, and while there’s not much information about it, reports suggest it may feature advanced hardware such as 4K Micro-OLED displays, motion-tracking cameras, and dedicated processing chips for AR and VR.