A manual uploaded to the FCC gives us a look at Facebook’s experimental project Aria AR Glasses, apparently via the code name Gemini ( Protocol). Facebook announced Project Aria in September 2020, with a large message that highlighted the vision and details – although it was clear that the tool was there to help Facebook build a computer that would make the world a better place. To see and understand. Looking at the manual of the original headset gives us a little idea of how it works.
In some ways, the Gemini headset is like a real pair of glasses, although in other ways it’s not too much: it can be fitted with a corrective lens if needed, but you can’t fold the arms down or use it in VR Can’t The headset and, of course, it’s packed with things that aren’t in ordinary glasses, such as proximity sensors, Qualcomm chips, and, accordingly, ProtocolThe Oculus Quest 2 has the same camera sensors.
The glasses are charged using a Fitbit-esque magnetic connector, which can also transmit data. There’s a companion app for uploading data that collects glasses and checks connection status and battery life.
While Manuel gives us an interesting look at a project that Facebook hasn’t shared a ton about, it’s not the latest. The version found on the FCC site appears to be version 0.9 of the document, dated August 28, 2020 – it is possible that Facebook made some changes in the last year or so.
Facebook says on its Project Aria site that glasses are not a commercial product. They are not acting as a prototype of something that ordinary people will eventually buy. This has been repeated in several manual statements that the headset is an engineering product and is only for use by people who work for Facebook. The company says the headset researchers are wearing on its campus and in public – although it says any data collected is anonymous, and the headset has a “privacy mode.”
Although Aria can’t be headed to the shelf store, Facebook has a completely different set of “smart glasses” that it plans to release in collaboration with Ray Ban. Like Arya, Facebook says they won’t actually be able to enhance your reality from any screen, so at this point, it’s not clear what will make them smarter.