Do you still remember Google Glass Google Glasses, which had been sensational? It uses AR augmented reality technology for the first time, which can push important information in front of you as in science fiction movies.
The research and development background of this glasses is also very mysterious. It comes from the Google X Lab and known as a place to burn 4 billion yuan a year.
However, this “epoch -making” glasses are also in a hurry, and they are in a hurry. The price of more than 9,500 yuan, plus more than 2,000 yuan of international freight, persuaded most buyers.
In the end, the product was greatly resisted for “potential privacy risks”. So Google Glasses have been disappeared from the “shocking heaven” when they were just released to be disabled by American coffee shops, and gradually disappeared.
From the current perspective, Google Glass only appeared in the era that did not belong to him. All in all, it appeared too early, and at the same time, AR technology was not mature and user acceptance was not high.
However, with the acceleration of the 5G network, the rise of the wave of the universe, wearable devices have finally stood at the wind.
No, I did not give up Google at the time, and “resurrected” the former Google Glass in a new way!
Recently, the New York Times confirmed that Google is developing a new AR helmet with the project code “Projectiris”. The current development work is still in the early stage, and the product is expected to be listed in 2024.
Although Projectiris has not been announced, and Google has begun to show many new technologies it will be equipped.
Judging from the current news, the new generation of Projectiris in research and development is a wireless device, and it is said that the current prototype of the equipment is “similar to a ski goggles”.
Earlier, Google’s factory in the San Francisco Bay Area has developed an early prototype that does not require external power supply and is similar to ski goggles, which also confirms this.
At the same time, the header uses a customized Google processor, just like its latest Google Pixel smartphone, and runs on the Android system. Google’s recruitment information shows that they are still developing a new and unique operating system.
As for other functions, Projectiris is the same as Facebook and Apple’s upcoming headset. Google’s device also uses external cameras to combine computer graphics with real -world images, driven by its own processor.
Well, “external power external” should be the main function of this glasses, which is to leave complex graphics to external computers.
When AR glasses are running, Google will let your data center rendering some graphics remotely and transmit them to glasses through the Internet, which is similar to the concept of cloud -like games. In other words, Google decides to rely more on cloud computing to depend on cloud computing instead of hardware blessings.
In order to have a better user experience, Google has also established a machine learning model Media Pipe Iris in the name of “IRIS”. This model can track the iris, pupils, and eye contours without dedicated hardware to follow a single RGB camera in real time. 10%accuracy determines the measurement distance between the object and the camera.
Since the large number of applications, including AR depend on the estimation of the eye position through the iris tracking, this model can be regarded as one of the efforts of Google to develop AR devices, so as to create a more immersiveness than existing AR glasses than existing AR glasses. Mixed reality experience.
Incidentally, for the birth of this Projectiris head, the R & D team behind Google was also a matter of blood.
In mid -December last year, it was reported that Google was recruiting a “AR operating system” team to focus on building software for “innovative AR devices”, which should be to charge the Project IRIS project.
Until now, Project Iris is a strict confidential project inside Google. It is hidden in a building that requires a special key card to access, and the entry and exit need to sign a confidentiality agreement.
Data show that there are about 300 core teams responsible for the first display, and Google also plans to recruit hundreds of people. Responsible for this job was Clay Bavor, vice president of Google Lab, reported directly to CEO Sundar Pichai.
Clay Bavor has been responsible for Google’s VR and AR business since 2005, and can be traced back to Carboard and Daydream.
In November 2021, he became the vice president of Google Lab, leading AR and VR, Project Starline, internal incubator Area 120, and any other “high potential, long -term” projects.
He also manages the ultra -high resolution light field display of last year Project Starline, which is expected to be released with Project Iris in 2024. To achieve this goal, Google invited Paul Greco, chief technician of Magic Leap to join the Project Starline team.
According to foreign media news, Bernard Kress, the chief optical architecture of the Microsoft HoloLens team, has left the company, joined the recently established Google Lab, and served as the director of XR engineering. R & D.
At the same time, the Google Pixel team also participated in the research and development of some Projectiris hardware. However, it is unclear whether the head show will eventually use the same Pixel technology.
Therefore, with such a strong R & D team blessing, Google’s Projectiris glasses are still hopeful.
In fact, Google chose to develop Projectiris at the moment, and the ultimate goal is also obvious: returning to hardware in the AR field.
Speaking of which, Google has been involved in the AR/VR field for nearly 10 years. Since Google Glasses in 2012, Google has worked hard in the VR/AR field for many years, but in the end, many projects have been closed.
The current Google is completely based on AR/VR software. Google Glass has already withdrawn from the consumer market. In 2019, Google decided to stop the virtual reality platform Daydream. It can be said that the market of AR hardware products is completely abandoned.
However, Google’s hardware research and development is not dead, and the emergence of Project Iris for many years marks that Google will return to the hardware category.
And in October last year, the latest head of Google Pi Cai said at the Google Financial Report call that the company is “considering” AR and it will become “our main investment field”.
However, the current market is not the original Google family. Last year, Mark Zuckerberg took his company on AR and VR, hired thousands of people, and renamed Facebook to META. Apple has always revealed that it was prepared to launch its first MR headset device in the first year of this year.
In such a fierce environment, I do n’t know if the return of Google Project Iris at this time can they compete with these technology brothers? We wait and see.