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It’s been nearly 10 years since Google’s last (largely unsuccessful) launch in AR: Google Glass. Now, the tech giant appears to be gearing up for the launch of a new AR/VR headset, codenamed “Project Iris.”
As Apple is on the way to release its own AR/MR headsets, Google will face stiff competition. And while Project Iris is still shrouded in secrecy, we’ve done our best to collect everything we know about Google’s alleged device, all in one place.
Google AR / VR headset: what is it?
In a nutshell, this AR/VR headset will be Google’s attempt to develop a dedicated hardware product to experience virtual/augmented reality. The device is still in its relatively early stages of development and virtually all information we currently have is preliminary only and subject to change. Various sources have confirmed that a Google AR/VR headset is on the horizon. Market analysts and leakers alike generally agree that Google is looking to enter the AR/VR market and compete with Meta and Apple, two of its biggest rivals.
Notably, The New York Times covered the company’s plans to produce an AR/VR headset in a separate article in December 2021. Additionally, job postings on Google’s website revealed that the tech giant is recruiting experts to develop an “innovative AR device”.
The biggest scoop on the Google AR/VR headset comes in the form of an article published by the Verge long ago based on insider information revealed by two anonymous Google employees.
According to the article, the Google AR/VR headset “uses outward-facing cameras to combine CGI with a real-world video stream, creating a more immersive mixed reality experience than existing AR glasses.”
Google AR / VR headset: release date
At the moment, the anticipated release date for Google’s AR/VR headset is set for 2024. At least that’s the date indicated by the Verge. However, most experts seem to agree that it’s too early to discuss a concrete release date.
A 2024 launch is certainly possible, but somewhat optimistic, as the Google AR/VR headset is still in its relatively early development stages (as far as we know, anyway).
Google AR/VR headset: price
Since we know next to nothing about the hardware specs of the Google AR/VR headset, the final price is pretty much impossible to predict at the moment, as it will largely depend on production costs and the amount of money spent on research. and development. in Google. .
A price similar to that of the Oculus line of headsets (ie around $300-400) is somewhat optimistic. The Google AR/VR headset is much more likely to be in the same price range as the Apple AR/VR headset.
Currently, rumors indicate a price for the latter of between 1,000-3,000 USD. It’s safe to say that the price of Google’s AR/VR headset is likely to be more in line with these figures.
Google AR / VR Headset: Specifications
The Verge article is one of our limited semi-credible sources for inferring the technical specifications of the device. According to him, the Google AR/VR headset is likely to be powered by a proprietary Google processor (possibly a Tensor) and will likely also run on a custom operating system, created by Google specifically for the device.
More recently, in May 2022, we learned of the acquisition of Raxium by Google, a tech startup specializing in MicroLED technologies. The latter, thanks to its ability to facilitate high-quality, yet small and energy-efficient displays, is perfectly suited for use in VR and AR headsets. The deal was intentionally kept secret, with Google revealing little information about the specs.
Google AR/VR Headset: Comparisons
As mentioned above, Apple is also working on an AR/VR headset that will reportedly debut in 2024. In addition to Apple’s device, there are already a number of established AR/VR market leaders that Google will have to deal with. to compete.
In particular, Google will have to compete with Meta’s line of Oculus headsets, which will expand with the future launch of the company’s long-awaited Project Cambria device.
There are also other lesser competitors to Google’s AR/VR headsets from companies like HTC, but Apple and Meta will be the two giants Google should be looking at.