Mark Zuckerberg has teased a new smart glasses project with EssilorLuxottica, an eyewear company. The Facebook chief posted an image of EssilorLuxottica’s chairman sporting a prototype of a neural interface wristband – built to direct other devices.
Mark Zuckerberg announced a new smart glasses project with eyeglasses company, EssilorLuxottica, on Wednesday. Zuckerberg published a picture of Mark Zuckerberg announced a new smart glasses project with eyeglasses company, EssilorLuxottica, on Wednesday. Zuckerberg published a picture of EssilorLuxottica’s chairman wearing a prototype of a neural interface bracelet – developed for commanding other gadgets.
Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post, “Here EssilorLuxottica chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio is using a prototype of our neural interface EMG [electromyography] bracelet that will ultimately allow you manage your glasses and other gadgets.” Zuckerberg ended his post with a cheerful face emoji wearing sunglasses.
Facebook, which changed its name to Meta Platforms in October, stated in a blog post last year that it wanted to build a bracelet that would operate augmented reality glasses, allowing users to interact with a virtual environment via finger gestures.
Zuckerberg was in Milan, he added, to discuss plans for new smart glasses with the eyewear manufacturer.
Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc, and Alphabet Inc’s Google have all entered the wearable tech market, producing augmented reality glasses in the hope that they would one day replace mobile phones. Google also adopted fitness monitoring technologies by purchasing Fitbit for $2.1 billion.
EssilorLuxottica and Meta Platforms announced a multiyear cooperation to produce smart glasses in 2020.
Starting at $299, they sell frames like the famous Ray-Ban Wayfarer type that are loaded with technology and allow the wearer to capture photographs, listen to music, and make phone calls.