Dubbed Project Moohan internally, the rumored device is supposed to offer a mixed reality experience powered by the Android platform. It has reportedly been in the works since at least the past year, and is tracking with Mysterious advertisement Google and SamsungAnd Qualcomm earlier this year talked about creating a mixed reality platform.
But Mohan’s project has become a “political headache” at Google. sources say from the inside that the partnership makes it more likely for Samsung to “be the one to decide on product features” and that it did not want other hardware divisions of Google to have knowledge of the project due to concerns that they might try to build a competing product.
It doesn’t seem like Google is abandoning AR glasses completely
report from South Korea outlet SBS Biz It indicates that Samsung has already begun to take control of the project. The company reportedly backtracked on its plans to start production of the headset after the unveiling of Apple’s Vision Pro, which means we may not see the new headset until the middle of next year.
Even with a delay, some Googlers don’t seem to think it’s enough time to make the device stand out, says one. from the inside that it “definitely doesn’t provide enough buffer to get close to the Vision Pro.” This places another weakness in Google’s plans for mixed reality, which at one point included glasses that could translate text in real time.
Although Mark Lukowski, the lead in augmented reality software, announced earlier this summer that he’s leaving the company, it doesn’t seem like Google is giving up AR glasses entirely. from the inside Reports indicate that Google is exploring ways it can use artificial intelligence with augmented reality glasses and is also integrating the Iris software into another project called Betty, which Google will use to “create the ‘Micro XR’ that it intends to show to manufacturers of the glasses.”
according to inside, Betty may be monocular — meaning she projects an image in front of one lens — but the second project, codenamed Barry, will make use of both lenses. Google’s AR glasses and XR headphones may be a long way off, but that might not be a bad thing — waiting to see what Apple is up to might give Google some time to make basic tweaks.
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