Niantic CEO John Hanke revealed an image of what could be AR glasses, indicating the name of the company.
You can see the image in the tweet below with what looks like a speaker, ear and edge of what can be display AR points. The image appeared in the account Hanke tweet with a teasing caption: “it’s Nice to see the progress we are making in the creation of new types of devices using our platform.”
Exciting to see the progress we’re making to enable new kinds of devices that leverage our platform… pic.twitter.com/yYglk4q89G
— John Hanke (@johnhanke) March 29, 2021
This, of course, not so much, but it would be a natural development for the company, which announced a partnership with Qualcomm in 2019. Qualcomm is developing a technology core of the chip used by other manufacturers, including Oculus Quest 2, the company also makes available to partners on projects that simplify the development of hardware for virtual and augmented reality.
Here is the latest reference design Qualcomm tied for augmented reality, which the company demonstrated in February of this year:
AR glasses are faced with the challenges of power consumption and bright outdoor lighting that makes the creation of attractive versatile points very difficult task. That’s why current approaches suffer certain processing tasks to the neighboring device, such as a phone. Unsolved problems offers a subtle points that scan the environment and show a fully solid objects regardless of light conditions mean that tech giants such as Apple and Facebook, to this technology is still far away.
Only one photo is hard to say what we’re looking at. Although many assume that this is a true AR headset, the device can also be just smart points.
If this is a real AR headset (with head tracking and a wide enough field of view), we are almost certainly looking for some waveguide display as optics, which we see in a device such as a headset Nreal, would be much larger.
However it can be simple smart glasses-oriented features like the HUD, with a very small field of view used to display the master data, and without head tracking.
Moreover, it is possible that this device has no display, but instead he aimed at capturing the video as points Snapchat.
However, games such as Pokemon Go, important for many people, so if Pikachu could jump out from behind a Bush in the yard, some people would connect a pair of glasses to your phone to get this experience.