Facebook 'smart glasses' to launch 'sooner rather than later' in 2021  

Facebook 'smart glasses' to launch 'sooner rather than later' in 2021 and may have a built-in camera – but no augmented reality for overlaying digital objects onto the real world Facebook has been working on creating smart glasses since 2017  Facebook boss says the device will be released 'sooner rather than later' However it will not feature augmented reality (AR) but later versions may  

By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline

Published: 17:01 GMT, 8 January 2021 | Updated: 17:01 GMT, 8 January 2021

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Smart glasses have been a beleaguered pipe dream of tech companies since Google Glass first launched to mixed reviews back in 2013.

Now social media behemoth Facebook is picking up the mantle and says its own gadget will launch 'sooner rather than later' this year.  

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Unlike Google Glass and other 'smart glasses like Microsoft's Hololens, the eyewear will not attempt to overlay digital objects onto the real world using augmented reality (AR), but Facebook insists it will still be a 'connected device'. 

Details of the upcoming device are scare but it was hinted by a developer involved in the project that it will likely involve a camera of some sort.  

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Little is known about Facebook's project to create smart glasses but it started in 20187 and it previously teased this design (pictured)

Little is known about Facebook's project to create smart glasses but it started in 20187 and it previously teased this design (pictured)

Facebook has partnered with spectacle giant Ray-Ban on the project. 

Andrew Bosworth, Head of Facebook Reality Labs, wrote in a blog: 'In 2020, we shared some of our research work on audio, AR input, and computer vision. 

'The first glimpses of the future will arrive sooner than later as we launch our first pair of smart glasses from Ray-Ban, in partnership with Luxottica.'

He told Bloomberg the company was being deliberately elusive about the details of the glasses' functionality and specification. 

'We're excited about it but we don't want to over-hype it. We're not even calling it augmented reality, we're just calling it 'smart glasses',' he said. 

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The Facebook project to make AR glasses first launched in 2017 and comes as the firm focuses resources into developing hardware such as cameras.  

But true AR glasses, while in the works, are clearly not ready yet. 

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