Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke has been talking up the potential of augmented reality via high-tech glasses since at least 2017, and his company is getting closer to making that a reality. Today Hanke tweeted out an intriguing teaser image that looks like a close view of AR glasses, complete with lenses and a small speaker.
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So far it’s unclear whether these will try to expand on the path of Google Glass and HoloLens, or whether they’re intended for audio-only augmentation like Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo Frames.
Exciting to see the progress we’re making to enable new kinds of devices that leverage our platform… pic.twitter.com/yYglk4q89G
— John Hanke (@johnhanke) March 29, 2021
In 2019 Niantic Labs announced a partnership with Qualcomm to work on AR glasses, before clarifying that it had “no plans” to make its own hardware and is actually building reference designs that others might manufacture.
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Since then, it’s acquired a startup to help enable its world-scale AR plans, and announced an expanded partnership with Nintendo that will include a new Pikmin game it’s launching soon.
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