The recent developments surrounding Google’s next-generation AR wearable have been a roller coaster ride. Google has reportedly scrapped plans to launch a pair of smart glasses under Project Iris. However, a new job listing shows that the company may still be interested in their augmented reality glasses and advanced micro-LED panel.
In late June, Business Insider cited insider sources as saying that Google had made major revisions to its AR roadmap, which included ditching the Google Glass replacement. Device manufacturers such as Samsung are said to be making huge efforts towards AR/VR software platforms, similar to the current state of the Android operating system.
However, this may not be the case as Google may have plans to develop and introduce its next set of standalone augmented reality glasses, as revealed in a recent Pitt opener.
Interestingly, the listing states that Google is specifically looking for a test equipment engineer with a background in optoelectronics and augmented reality. He also mentions in his qualifications that his activities include the development and improvement of the capabilities of micro-LED panels in a number of applications.
After all, this move could be an indication of the company’s move to incorporate the aforementioned display technology into unannounced glasses and head-mounted displays. Unfortunately, it is not clear when these products will be implemented and whether this will be the end for users at first.
The news isn’t entirely surprising, as big brands like Apple are also banking on the advanced panel, with the Watch Ultra 2024 rumored to be the first micro-LED display among several devices planned by the iPhone maker. Compared to current LED technology, screens made from micro-LEDs offer exceptional image quality and high brightness. These panels take up less space and have high energy efficiency.
Do you think it still makes sense for Google to launch its AR glasses in the future? Or do you think AR/VR operating systems are better? Tell us your opinion in the comments.