Facebook is working on futuristic smart glasses — here are new details

Facebook关于智能眼镜的最新细节

Business Insider · 2017-08-23 22:17

Business Insider · 2017-08-23 22:17

Facebook is hard at work on the technical breakthroughs needed to ship futuristic smart glasses that can let you see virtual objects in the real world.

Facebook在苦心钻研能够让你在现实世界中看见虚拟物体的智能眼镜技术上的突破。

A patent application for a "waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner" was published on Thursday by three members from the advanced research division of Facebook's virtual-reality subsidiary, Oculus.

一份“2D扫描波导显示技术”的专利申请在星期四由三位来自Facebook的虚拟现实分公司—Oculus的先进研究部门公开。

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," according to the filing.

这个显示屏“可以把一个实质的,现实世界的环境增强成计算机生成的元素”并且“可能会包括在由框架和显示屏组成的能够给用户呈现媒体的眼镜里,”据那份文件描述。

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called virtual and augmented reality the next major computing platform capable of replacing smartphones and traditional PCs. Facebook purchased Oculus for $2 billion in 2014 and plans to spend billions more on developing the technology.

Facebook的CEO马克·扎克伯格已经把虚拟和增强现实作为下一个能够替代智能手机和传统PC的主要计算机平台。Facebook在2014年花20亿美金购买了Oculus并计划花几十亿的钱来开发这项技术。

The smart glasses being developed by Oculus will use a waveguide display to project light onto the wearer's eyes instead of a more traditional display, according to Thursday's patent. The smart glasses would be able to display images, video, and work with connected speakers or headphones to play audio when worn.

根据星期四的专利,这个由Oculus开发的智能眼镜将利用一种波导显示屏来向用户的眼睛投射光线,而不是传统的显示屏。这款智能眼镜可以显示图片,视频,并且还可以与音箱或耳机相连接在佩戴上的时候来播放音频。

Facebook declined to comment on the patent.

Facebook拒绝评论这项专利。

By using waveguide technology, Facebook is taking a similar approach to Microsoft's HoloLens AR headset and the mysterious glasses being developed by the Google-backed startup Magic Leap.

但是利用波导技术,Facebook将会与微软的HoloLens AR头显和由Google资助的创业公司Magic Leap所开发的神秘眼镜所运用的技术类似。

One of the authors of the patent is, in fact, lead Oculus optical scientist Pasi Saarikko, who joined Facebook in 2015 after leading the optical design of the HoloLens at Microsoft.

这个专利的其中一个作者其实就是Oculus的主要视觉科学家Pasi Saarikko,他在2015年加入Facebook,而在这之前是在微软的HoloLens里负责视觉设计。

While work is clearly being done on the underlying technology for Facebook's smart glasses now, don't expect to see the device anytime soon. Michael Abrash, the chief scientist of Oculus, recently said that AR glasses won't start replacing smartphones until as early as 2022.

由于目前Facebook智能眼镜这项技术还在开发当中,所以不要奢望在近几年看到这个设备面世。Oculus的首席科学家Michael Abrash近期说到AR眼镜将不会在2022年之前替代智能手机。

"20 or 30 years from now, I predict that instead of carrying stylish smartphones everywhere, we’ll wear stylish glasses," he said at Facebook's developer conference earlier this year. "Those glasses will offer VR, AR and everything in between, and we’ll use them all day."

“从今往后的20或者30年,我预测我们将随时随地佩戴时髦的眼镜而不是时髦的智能手机,”他在Facebook今年早些时候的开发者大会上说到。“这些眼镜将提供VR, AR和其他任何处于它们之间的技术,而我们将一整天都使用它们。”(8月18日)

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