While Facebook started out as an online social media platform, the company is no stranger to other technologies. It dabbles in Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and lest we forget, it owns WhatsApp and Instagram, along with many other products and technologies. However, the company is working on AR glasses from some time now but it seems like the project’s development was struggling. As per CNBC, Facebook has now partnered with the Ray-Ban parent company Luxottica to develop the device.
Orion smart glasses in the making
Facebook is a well-known player in the VR space with its range of Oculus devices back in October 2018, it confirmed to be working on some sort of AR-enabled smart glasses. While the company didn’t delve into the details, it has apparently sights set on developing smart glasses that don’t supplement our phones or gadgets, but might replace them entirely someday. Internally codenamed Orion, the smart glass is said to help users place and receive calls. It is also said to feature a digital voice assistant, similar to Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, which would be used to input commands.