Meta’s first commercially available Augmented Reality (AR) glasses* does not ship with the high quality displays originally intended for the device. This publication reports The information referring to their sources close to the issue. Instead of advanced displays in Meta AR glasses* Sophisticated glass lens and display technology is used.
The first commercial version of the Meta AR glasses* probably no earlier than 2027. The device is called Artemis. Next year, the company plans to release the first generation of augmented reality glasses. However, they are only used for internal testing and also for individual AR software developers.
Instead of the originally planned displays with micro-LED technology, the consumer version of the Meta AR glasses is now used*, according to The Information, will use Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) display technology. It is a reflective LCD microdisplay technology that uses an active silicon substrate on which the display driver circuitry is formed. This technology was first used in film projectors in the 1990s. According to the publication, it is the specified technology “not known for its high brightness”which is critical for AR products as they need to display high-quality digital graphics over real-world objects, even in high ambient light.
In addition, the consumer version of the Artemis AR glasses will use a glass waveguide. This component allows light to pass through the glasses into the user’s eyes while potentially limiting the field of view to 50 degrees. According to The Information, Meta* The original plan was to use silicon carbide for the waveguide, which would provide a 70 degree field of view. The use of less effective material may prevent the future device from standing out from the competition, since the same second-generation HoloLens from Microsoft or Magic Leap One also have a 50-degree viewing angle.
Although the consumer version of the Meta AR glasses* won’t use the most advanced components, while the trial version of the device will get advanced micro-LED displays as well as silicon carbide lenses that offer a 70-degree viewing angle, according to The Information.
As already mentioned, the deterioration in the characteristics of the future device is associated not only with displays. Consumer version of the Meta AR glasses* will not receive a lidar either. It was to be housed in a dedicated digital block that would also house a battery, 5G modem and touchpad. It was assumed that lidar would be used for this “Determining the environment and importing three-dimensional objects, including other people’s faces and bodies, into the digital world”.
According to The Information, the company will also throttle production of the not-so-popular Quest Pro virtual reality headset and reallocate funds for its production to development of the metaverse. The publication notes that Meta* will cease production of the Quest Pro entirely once the parts and components required for its assembly are exhausted. The company has also shelved plans for a second-gen Quest Pro and shifted its focus to cheaper Quest devices, including the upcoming Quest 3 headset.
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