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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Facebook declined to comment on the patent.


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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