There’s a race to replace our iPhones with smart glasses we wear everywhere
There’s a race to replace our iPhones with smart glasses we wear
Microsoft launches HoloLens 2 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
Snap’s Spectacles 3 glasses, which go on sale this week for $380, let users snap pictures and videos of the world around them and then add augmented reality effects to those clips inside the Snapchat app.
Google still sells its Google Glass product, which shows information, but not 3D augmented reality, to wearers. The original version, aimed at consumers, may have come too soon.
Magic Leap’s first headset launched in August 2018 and, like Microsoft HoloLens 2, is a relatively bulky headset that’s capable of showing games, 3D animations, virtual video screens and more, all in a digital world around you.
Apple’s headset is reportedly set to launch in 2022, but the first model is the size of Facebook’s Oculus Quest virtual reality headset, according to The Information. But a smaller glasses-size version that it says is due to launch in 2023 may be more attractive to people, since that form factor will allow it to be worn all day instead of around the house.
Facebook’s strategy is different than almost everyone else’s. It currently sells virtual reality products that take you out of the real world and into a digital realm where you can’t see anything around you. But Facebook is also interested in augmented reality.
Amazon hasn’t talked much about its own set of augmented reality glasses, but in September it announced a pair that show it’s interested in the space. The Echo Frames are currently just a set of regular glasses, but with a speaker and the Amazon voice assistant Alexa built in.