After Google shut down Project Iris, its own augmented reality glasses project, in June, Google continued to develop a mixed reality headset in collaboration with Samsung, although that project has also faced problems. writes Insider.
According to insiders, the device, internally dubbed Project Moohan, will support mixed reality experiences on the Android platform. This has been in the works for at least the last year. Following this, Google, Samsung and Qualcomm announced plans to create a mixed reality platform in February this year.
Project Moohan is a concern for Google, as Samsung has requested it be banned from other divisions of the American company working on Google AR products for fear of revealing information that could help them develop a competitor headset. This caused problems for the Project Iris project in particular at times. “How could you make glasses without pissing Samsung off?” asks one of the inside sources.
According to South Korean publication SBS Biz, Samsung is already beginning to take control of Project Moohan. According to some reports, after the presentation of the Apple Vision Pro, the company postponed the production of the headset, so the novelty is expected to appear on the market only in the middle of next year.
Despite the departure of AR chief developer Mark Lucovsky, it doesn’t look like Google has given up on mixed reality altogether. According to insiders, Google is researching ways to use artificial intelligence with an AR headset and has also integrated Iris software into another project called Betty aimed at that “Development of the Micro XR software that it plans to offer eyewear manufacturers.”