Social Networking tycoon and visionary, Mark Zuckerberg, is very well-known in the tech industry for his love of emerging technologies like virtual reality and augmented reality. With his VR company, Oculus, already dominating the VR market, it seems that Mark is now all set to make a big foray into augmented reality technology.
In his interviews with some of the media houses earlier this year, Zuckerberg talked about the potential of AR and how it could be the next big revolution after smartphones. Recently, three members of the research wing of Oculus published a patent application named “waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner”.
Patent for Facebook’s AR Glasses
The recently filed patent for AR glasses reveals a pair of glasses having a transparent display for lenses. The light flowing through the display lenses would be distributed and retracted into user’s eyes. In addition to displaying images on the lenses, the smart glasses will also play video and connect with either headphones or speakers to play audio after being worn.
As per the filing, the patent says that the display “may augment views of a physical, real-world environment with computer-generated elements” and “may be included in an eye-wear comprising a frame and a display assembly that presents media to a user’s eyes.”
Surely this is a concept at the moment and it might be a year or more before we get to see the first physical device in use. However, if Facebook wants to stay ahead of the curve in this AR competition, it will have to act quickly on its plans. Other players like Microsoft, Lenovo and a few new startups like Mira Prism and Meta 2 have their products ready for consumers.