Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, took advantage of the Oculus Connect 2020 to present Project Aria, an augmented reality glasses created by the Facebook Reality Labs team of engineers. Although we are not yet facing a final product, the manager pointed out that the employees of the social network will start testing them very soon. Of course, the public launch will wait; at the moment they did not reveal a specific date.

So Zuckerberg clarified that they have not yet ready the commercial version of Project Aria, however, they did offer a look at a working prototype. “We do not have a product to share with you yet, but I am pleased to inform you that we have formed a multi-year partnership beginning with the construction and launch of our first pair of smart glasses next year.” Ray-Ban, the renowned manufacturer of glasses, will be the partner with whom they will make a smart glasses in 2021. Be careful, this model is independent of the AR glasses from Project Aria.

Project Aria is not only a hardware proposal, but also a software one. Facebook Reality Labs is working on LiveMaps, a project whose objective is to scan the real world to integrate it into the glasses. The idea is to create a 3d map that allows “to see, analyze and understand efficiently the world around us and provide a better service to those who use them [las gafas]In other words, LiveMaps aims to be a key pillar in the operation of augmented reality glasses.

Actually Project Aria has no smart features, but its commercial version will have them. The first confirmed is a virtual assistant. What does it offer then at this time? Sensors, many sensors. First, it integrates components capable of locating the device in a three-dimensional environment and even through a GPS. You can take photos and video in high resolution thanks to your camera and even capture multichannel audio. The glasses don’t even have a screen today; engineers need a mobile app to access the interface.

And privacy?

Of course, and taking into account that Project Aria can already capture photographs in its testing phase, privacy concerns arise. And is that Facebook does not exactly have a good reputation on this issue. However, those led by Zuckerberg promise that all data obtained with the prototype on public roads, such as people’s faces, are erased or blurred to hide identities or vehicle plates. Likewise, only authorized personnel can access the information, which will be encrypted.