We are increasingly finding ourselves in a
Naturally, people like Mark Zuckerberg are leading the way by touting the future of AR; namely through glasses (or goggles) that allow users to experience an augmented alternate reality, a place in the metaverse that allows humans to play and work with their virtual counterparts a la the Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future.
It’s no surprise that Zuckerberg’s ambitions for AR are, for lack of a better word, stratospheric—some may even say that he has already created the ultimate in so-called reality through his social media empire. However, the AR glasses are signs of a whole new frontier in expanding our place in the metaverse; dubbed by Zuckerberg as a “holy grail” device that will forever change our relationships with technology,
Despite his lofty ambitions for the future of AR (and his willingness to fence with a hologram Picard-style during a presentation last October), the actual reality of these glasses exists more in the actual future—not light years away, but a prospect that, at this stage, is more virtual than reality. Currently, the aim is to have the first gen ready to go by 2024, with more advanced designs following in both 2026 and 2028—however, without even an existing prototype in the works, Zucker’s Meta demonstration is currently just that: a demonstration, not based on any currently developed hardware or software, according to
While a price point has not yet been revealed, given the high cost of development, it’s expected to be higher than Meta’s Quest
However, don’t pack in your ambitions to match bat’leths with Worf just yet. Even though the AR glasses and their technology seem to be in the early stages of development, the project, dubbed Project Nazare, has higher stakes than simply allowing you to (virtually) visit the pleasure planet of Risa on your downtime—it’s a huge statement on not only the future of the metaverse, but on Facebook’s ability to stay relevant and at the leading edge of innovation.
So what does this mean for Zuckerberg’s vision for AR advancement that hopes to make a splash in the tech world as big as Apple made with the introduction of iPhones? Unfortunately, us mere mortals will have to wait and see; and, for now, live vicariously through our Star Trek counterparts and hope that someday soon, AR will find its way through the wormhole.