Big picture: The Metaverse is coming, whether you like it or not, and big tech companies are struggling to develop strategies to get involved. While some are interested in the NFT side or creating the fabric of the metaverse, others like Apple and Google seem to be more into building hardware to interact with virtual worlds.
The latter is said to be working on an augmented reality headset codenamed Project Iris. If all goes according to plan, it will be released sometime in 2024, two unnamed sources say. edge.
Sources told the publication that the device being developed at a facility in the San Francisco Bay Area looks like a pair of ski goggles and will use outward-facing cameras. It will run on a custom Google processor and run Android – at least at this early stage of development.
It’s unclear if Google will label it as a Pixel device, but the publication understands that the Pixel hardware team is involved to some extent. However, we are pretty sure that Google will avoid the Glass branding.
Apple’s long-rumored mixed-reality headset has reportedly run into design issues and may not arrive until 2023 at the earliest.
The secret project is led by Clay Bavor, who reports directly to CEO Sundar Pichai. Bavor has been involved in the company’s work on AR and VR for many years with Google Daydream and Cardboard. About 300 people are actively working on the Iris project, with hundreds more planned to be added over time.