Almost nine years ago, Google embarked on the adventure to conquer the green augmented reality market. It launched its revolutionary Google Glass, but its augmented reality glasses which did not meet with the expected success and focused on the professional market, of which the Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 were released in 2020.
Months after launching its new generation of glasses, Google showed that it was not going to throw in the towel, and to show that it was going strong, it announced the acquisition of North, a company specializing in reality glasses augmented and creator of Focals, whose second generation was to arrive in 2020 but whose launch was canceled by the acquisition of Google
First details of “Project Iris”
Rumors of new Google VR glasses have started to sound more and more powerful in recent weeks, and now it’s The Verge exclusively giving away the first details through its trusted sources.
Google is pulling out all the stops in this race to launch the best mixed reality glasses where Facebook and Apple are also developing their own alternatives, in addition to Microsoft which already has its Hololens 2 on the market.
The Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 went on sale in 2020 starting at $999.
Project Iris is the internal code for these mixed reality glasses that Google is secretly working on to offer augmented reality and virtual reality in the same device. It would have cameras to combine the graphics with the real environment. Its design would be closer to ski goggles, so we can expect wide and striking lenses.
According to the leak, Google wants to launch these glasses throughout 2024, with which there are still two years to go. They would currently be based on Android, but Google is developing a new specific operating system for its mixed reality glasses.
Early details report that it would pack a custom processor by Google like in the Pixel 6, they wouldn’t need a connection to an external source, and that due to power limitations, Google would use its data centers to remotely render certain graphics and transmit them to the glasses via an Internet connection.
The Pixel team is involved in the development of the new Google Glasses that it looks like they won’t have the Google Glass name, but it’s unclear if they will have the Pixel branding or if Google will be looking for a new name.
The project manager is Clay Bavor, who is also responsible for the Starline project and its realistic holograms. Other very important Google executives are also involved in the project:
Shahram Izadi, Senior Director of Engineering who also manages Google’s ARCore technology. Eddie Chung, senior director of product management, who previously ran Google Lens. Scott Huffman, VP and creator of Google Assistant Kurt Akeley, distinguished engineer and former CTO of light-field camera startup Lytro. Mark Lucovsky, senior director of operating systems for AR at Google. He recently held a similar role at Meta.
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