Google AR headset ‘Project Iris’ in progress, may feature internal processor: report

Deepak Gupta January 21, 2022
Updated 2022/01/21 at 9:33 AM

Google is working on an augmented reality (AR) headset that could launch in 2024. The headset, part of the company’s ‘Project Iris’, is said to have an internal Google processor. Tech giants Meta and Apple are also developing their own wearable AR technology. Unlike Apple’s upcoming mixed reality headset, which is expected to feature two processing chips for on-device rendering, Google’s offering will offload some of the graphics rendering to the company’s cloud servers.

according to one report per The Verge, citing people connected to the project, Google is working on an AR headset that is powered by a custom processor developed by the company and could eventually run on a custom operating system developed by the company. The company has yet to reveal details of its AR headset in development, including whether it will launch under the Pixel brand.

Google’s AR headset is said to have outward-facing cameras, and users will be looking at a screen with a “ski goggle” design, according to the report, as opposed to Google’s older Google Glass design. company that was modeled on eyeglasses. The first prototypes, meanwhile, don’t need to be connected to a power source, according to the report which states that 300 Google employees are currently working on the project, but “hundreds” more will be hired.

Google isn’t the only big tech company working on wearable AR tech — Apple is working on its own mixed reality headset that could arrive in 2023, while Facebook is also expected to launch its headset later this year as part of ‘Project Cambria’. However, Google’s AR headset is expected to launch after the two competitors and could arrive in 2024, according to the report.

Meanwhile, a recent report suggests that Apple’s next mixed reality headset may be delayed to 2023. The company’s AR/VR headset, which is codenamed N301, has been in development since 2015. Previously, it was expected to launch in 2015. 2021, with availability this year. However, according to Bloomberg, Apple may delay the launch to late 2022 – the headset could be available until 2023, and Apple is considering a price greater than $2,000 (approximately Rs. 1,49,000). ) according to the report.

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