Google is working on AR headset to compete with Apple and Facebook – Times of India

Google is reportedly working on an augmented reality (AR) headset. According to a report by The Verge, the company is developing a consumer-focused AR headset, internally codenamed Project Iris. The device will be powered by Google’s custom silicon chipset and will use outward-facing cameras to blend computer graphics with a video feed of the real world.
According to the report, some of the Google Pixel team is working on the device. The device is in an early stage of development and will compete with upcoming AR headsets of Meta (formerly Facebook) and Apple. It is not clear whether Google’s AR headset will be a Pixel-branded headset or not.
As per a report by the New York Times, the project is the result of the acquisition of North – a pioneer in human computer interfaces and smart glasses. The acquisition was made in 2020. It is notable that when Google acquired North last year, the Canadian company stopped selling Focals 1.0 and decided to cancel Focals 2.0. Several lead and engineers previously working with North are now part of the Devices & Services division at Google that’s responsible for Pixel, Nest, and other hardware. This organizational shift makes sense ahead of a consumer product. Also, the team building an Augmented Reality OS is also placed under Devices & Services.
The Verge says that Google aims to ship its AR headset under Project Iris by 2024.

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