Facebook has filed a patent for a pair of augmented reality smart glasses.
In the outlined plans, the glasses display is enhanced using a two-dimensional scanner that could superimpose virtual objects onto the real world.
Facebook said its smart glasses would project light onto the user’s eyes using a “waveguide display” that can add images and videos to the users’ vision.
They could even work alongside headphones and games consoles for a more immersive experience.
The technology is being developed by Facebook-owned Oculus, responsible for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
In contrast to Facebook’s Oculus virtual reality headset, the augmented reality glasses could let users see and interact with virtual objects layered on top of the real world.
Facebook also recently launched Spaces, a new virtual social network inside the Oculus Rift headset.
In the Spaces app, users can interact with other users or post photos or live videos to their Facebook profiles.
Facebook has described Spaces as “a new VR app where you hang out with friends in a fun, interactive virtual environment as if you were in the same room”.
Google Glass was an early attempt at making the technology mainstream. Whilst it flopped on a commercial level, it recently returned as a tool for businesses whilst Apple is working on augmented reality technology for the iPhone and iPad through its ARKit development platform.
Advancements in AR is an interesting step for marketing. Should the technology become mainstream and pull attention away from the mobile phone, it could quickly become the place to have your business seen.
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