Meta’s prototype ‘full holographic’ glasses could be a game changer for Web3

Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg thinks smart glasses with holographic displays will slowly supplant the mobile phone as humanity’s primary communications and computing device. 

In a recent interview with YouTuber Kane “Kalloway” Sutter, the billionaire tech mogul expounded on a number of topics including artificial intelligence and open source. But, when asked by host Kalloway what Meta’s most exciting future product was, Zuckerberg gave a full-throated endorsement for a set of glasses — the kind you wear on your face — featuring cameras, microphones, speakers, and a full field-of-view (FOV) holographic display.

Beyond Ray-Ban Meta

Pundits in both the advertising world and the technoverse have, by and large, had a field day mocking Meta and Zuckerberg over their pivot from “Facebook,” the company behind the aptly named “Facebook” social media platform to “Meta,” the company that’s… working on the metaverse.

But Zuckerberg is evidently bullish on the notion that the smartphone is at the beginning of its end and smartglasses will be the next big thing. He explained to Kalloway that wearable holographic displays wouldn’t completely replace smartphones, much like the smartphone didn’t entirely supplant the desktop or laptop computer.

However, with the proper hardware and software, Zuckerberg believes that smartglasses will become useful enough for most people to leave their phones in their pockets most of the time.

Related: More than half of the Fortune 100 uses Apple’s Vision Pro headset

First, however, the company needs to progress the technology. According to Zuckerberg, Meta has three separate products in mind. Firstly a “displayless” glasses product featuring voice AI (this already exists in Ray-Ban Meta), second a “little bit of a heads-up display” without full holography, and finally a “premium version” with a full field of view holographic display.

Meta hopes to bridge the gap between Ray-Ban Meta, a product with no display, and bulky headsets better suited for virtual…

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