Facebook’s Planned ‘Smart Glasses’ Coming Into Sharper Focus

By PYMNTSFacebook’s expected release of its “smart glasses,” set for this year, continues to come closer into view.The latest: Facebook Hardware Chief Andrew Bosworth said that the social media company’s release of smart glasses will arrive “sooner rather than later” this year, Bloomberg reported.He also confirmed what the company said last fall (Sept. 17): that true augmented reality glasses are a ways off. Michael Abrash, director of Facebook Reality Labs Research, said that AR glasses are “not a 2021 thing. I’m talking about the future.”Bosworth said the smart glasses digital overlay technology that is associated with augmented reality (AR) would come later. The glasses are being built in a partnership with French eyewear giant EssilorLuxottica, Ray-Ban’s parent company.At the time of the fall announcement, Bosworth said Facebook is “passionate about exploring devices that can give people better ways to connect with those closest to them. Wearables have the potential to do that."Per...

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