The first major event since Facebook shifted away from Oculus and since the company rebranded its augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) efforts to “Facebook Reality Labs” yielded an official confirmation that they will be launching a new wearable AR device for consumers: smart glasses.
At the event, which was held virtually, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that the company would be launching their next step in augmented reality glasses. Additionally, Zuckerberg states that Facebook will be teaming up with Luxottica and Ray-Ban, two luxury eyewear manufacturers.
According to Zuckerberg, the partnership with Luxottica will allow the company to offer a variety of different styles of glasses in order to meet the needs of consumers. While the Facebook CEO said that they did not have a product to show just yet, he was excited to share the news that the company has made a several year-long relationship and will be releasing their first ever pair of smart glasses next year.
Little information about the capabilities of the glasses was revealed; however, it was confirmed that they would not feature a display, so they’ll likely be similar to Snapchat Spectacles in some ways. Not that those were a huge commercial success, mind you.
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