Today, many observers believe that in the next few years, augmented reality glasses or headsets will replace smartphones. And this is an opinion that is shared by Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg. In a post outlining his vision for 2030, this one ci explained, “While I expect phones to remain our primary devices for most of this decade, at some point in the 2020s we will have groundbreaking augmented reality glasses that will redefine our relationship with the world. technology. ”
This is the reason why currently, via its subsidiary Oculus, Facebook develops augmented reality glasses comparable to Microsoft's Hololens, or Google Glass. In addition, although the Cupertino company does not discuss its future projects, many elements suggest that it is actively developing virtual reality and augmented reality devices.
Is Samsung also in the race? Very likely
But what about Samsung? Currently, the Korean giant is still very discreet about this. Samsung has already tried to find a place in the virtual reality market, through a partnership with Oculus. But this initiative was eventually abandoned.
On the other hand, it seems that the constructcteur has augmented reality glasses in the pipes. In any case, this is what is suggested by a new "leak" circulating on the web.
In a series of tweets published on Sunday, the Twitter account "WalkingCat", a source which is Regularly relayed by the media, published two videos showing what Samsung's future AR glasses could look like.
The name of this future product would be" Glasses Lite "and in the first video, we can see how these glasses could replace our traditional screens.
For example, instead of watching a series on a TV, we could use AR glasses to watch this content on a virtual screen , while controllingt reading on other connected devices, such as watches. These glasses could also replace computer screens, or screens to control drones remotely.
And for professional uses, a second video (after 1:00 in the montage below) shows how Samsung's glasses could for example allow virtual meetings through holograms.
Of course, for the moment, this information should be considered with caution , as they do not come from an official source. But in any case, these videos give us a glimpse of the technologies that we could use in the future.
Besides, given that all the big players in techinvest in augmented reality, it would be surprising if Samsung, which is number one in smartphones, is an exception (especially if one day AR glasses will replace smartphones).
Apple also has a mysterious project (probably related to augmented reality and virtual reality)
In any case, these alleged videos of Samsung's AR glasses are leaking while Apple, for its part, seems to have gone up to speed superior in the development of its augmented reality and virtual reality products.
In January, Apple announced that Dan Ricio, one of the members of his management team, is going to leave his post to lead a new project about which the firm no 'gave no details. However, the fact that Apple is putting one of its key executives at the helm of this project underlines the importance of it.
" Riccio was a leader in the design, development and engineering of nearly all Apple products. From the first generation iMac to the newer 5G iPhone lineup, M1-based Macs and AirPods Max , Riccio trained the hardware engineering teams and extended Apple's ability to innovate on several new product lines with the highest quality, ”a statement read.
Dan Ricio , meanwhile, said: “After 23 years leading our product design or hardware engineering teams - culminating in our biggest and most ambitious year of all time in terms of products - c now is the right time for a change. Looking ahead, I can't wait to do what I love most: focus all of my time and energy at Apple on making something good.itself new and wonderful that I couldn't be more enthusiastic about. "
Otherwise, at the beginning of February, Bloomberg media has stated in an article that Dan Ricio would lead a team in charge of developing Apple's future AR and VR products. Citing sources close to the matter, the site also explained that this team would consist of more than 1,000 engineers.
On the other hand, another source, The Information, indicates that Apple would develop a headset which would combine augmented reality and virtual reality. And if for the moment, it is not known when this product could be released, the site suggests that its price could be quite high: 2,500 euros.
At this price, we would have a product with two screens 8K, a dozencameras, and a LiDAR scanner similar to the iPhone 12 Pro. On the other hand, there would be eye-tracking technology, allowing the user's gaze to be detected (the point they are looking at). And the whole thing would be powered by an Apple Silicon chip that performs better than the M1 chip used by the Macs launched in the last quarter of 2020.