Recently, a source revealed that Meta does not plan to sell the first version of its AR glasses. Instead, Meta will distribute the AR glasses, codenamed Orion, to developers. As a result, they can experience the device’s software and prepare for future versions. Additionally, Meta will no longer release the smartwatch with a detachable display and two cameras. And, instead chose to introduce a smartwatch with a design suited better to control a later version of the AR glasses.
Furthermore, the first version of the AR glasses has been developing for three years. Interestingly, its design was always meant for developers and early adopters. However, the company’s executives hadn’t till now decided to sell them broadly. In addition, Meta informed the Reality Labs division’s staff, developing VR and AR hardware, about this decision this week.
Why did Meta decide not to sell its AR glasses to consumers?
Meta is working on three different versions of standalone AR glasses and plans to release them over the next several years. Interestingly, Meta decided not to sell the first version because the product costs thousands of dollars to build. Additionally, the company’s executives are adamant that some specs, like display brightness, are not ready for consumers. Plus, this decision is similar to the one taken by Snap. The latter is also not selling its Augmented Reality Spectacles glasses and plans to give them to software developers instead.
Fortunately, Meta’s version two AR glasses, codenamed Artemis, are still on track for a consumer release. It will have a higher production volume and flaunt a less bulky design and more advanced display technology. In addition, Meta’s plans to launch an entry-level, cheaper version of Augmented Reality glasses, Hypernova, next year are also on track. The product will pair with a nearby phone and show incoming messages and notifications via a smaller display.
Besides the glasses, Meta also aborted its plans to release a smartwatch with two cameras. Consequently, the reason for that is the product’s detachable display design isn’t compatible with EMG technology. And, EMG technology is significant to controlling the coming AR glasses with brain signals. Hence, the company focused entirely on developing a design that better supports EMG on the wrist. Apple investing in multiple ways for its augmented reality/ virtual reality approach; Get the full coverage of Apple VR/AR Headset Is Reportedly On The Way.
However, the only response from Meta concerning these two surprising news is a tweet from CTO Andrew Bosworth. His tweet reads that Meta will “ship wrist wearables and AR glasses that bring completely new tech” to its consumers and the world. But, Meta’s high-end mixed reality headset, Cambria, is still launching later this year.