A year ago, Facebook let us see for the first time Project Aria, its idea of smart glasses and augmented reality. Glasses that looked like … glasses, and not some gigantic, attention-grabbing device. Now, new leaked documents show more details about what they are expected to look like, if they ever become public to the consumer.
From Protocol they have managed to access the device’s instruction manual. The manual was offered to the United States Regulatory Authorities (FCC) and has now been made public. In it we can see some features that Facebook did not present (or did not want to). Of course, it must be borne in mind that this manual corresponds to the version of the glasses that was used in August 2020, so some things may have changed during this time.
It’s about collecting data, not displaying it
The device itself, the entire Aria Project in fact, is designed to help Facebook in its quest to create a computer that sees and understands the world. It is a device that, rather than offering interaction elements for the user, tries to collect the same information that the user sees. Similar to Snapchat Spectacles. Therefore, it excels in data collection sensors and lacks tools to process and display it live.
Inside the glasses we find a total of four cameras capable of capturing photos and also videos. Apparently Facebook has used the same sensors as in the Oculus Quest 2. When it comes to recording videos, the same thing happens as in the Oculus, it is recorded in VRS format by recording the four camera sequences simultaneously.
If we look from the outside, there are not many buttons and they don’t look like bulky glasses. It’s the great appeal of these glasses actually. They have just a button to fire the cameras, an on / off button and a mute switch to activate or deactivate a privacy mode within the glasses. Apart from that, it has a series of LEDs that are activated when recording so that both the user and those around him know.
Another interesting aspect is that glasses can be equipped with prescription lenses. By default they come with totally transparent lenses, however if the user already wears glasses, they can equip the glasses with lenses with their own graduation.
Either way, it is a device that will probably never see the light of day on the consumer market. As Facebook initially stated, they are testing and exploring the idea for these glasses first. They collect information with them that is then processed through an app on the mobile or by downloading the data to a computer. However, they do not bring “real utility” functions to the user such as displaying an augmented reality interface inside the lens.
Via | Protocol