Facebook and his Oculus daughter have been open for some time about their intentions to bring AR wearables into the mainstream.
Nevertheless, when Oculus talked about his AR plans during the Oculus 6 keynote presentation on Wednesday, it still managed to surprise his audience with some news … and raise some eyebrows of concern and cynicism lifting in the process.
The company not only confirmed that it is working on AR wearables, but also revealed that it has several prototypes in the making.
But that's not all. Oculus is also developing an AR cloud platform, similar to what Niantic, 6D.ai, Ubiquity6 and others are currently in different stages of testing and deployment.
What Oculus it Live Maps platform captures 3D replicas of spaces using machine vision, localization, and mapping protocols. Oculus uses the data collected from users via geotagged photos and from mapping its facilities to fill point clouds and form shared 3D maps.
Virtual maps enable multi-user experiences, persistent content and true occlusion that can feed compelling experiences. For example, like other AR cloud platforms, live maps can provide AR navigation, with contextual directions for places of interest and other relevant or engaging real-world information, covered in the user's field of vision.
Or, just like Magic Leap proposes with its Magicverse and virtual telepresence technology via Mimesys, Live Maps can make long-distance communication more personal by bringing virtual avatars into the user's space.
Compared to other mobile AR clouds and Magic Leap & # 39; s taste, Live Maps is still in the research phase at Facebook Reality Labs.
On the other hand, Oculus already delivers AR technology of the future today with the introduction of hand-tracking capabilities for Oculus Quest. Hand-tracking technology lays the foundation for user interfaces for the company's ultimate outreach to AR wearables.
But there is an underlying concern with Oculus smartglasses, Live Maps and even hand-tracking capabilities. And that comes from the parent company Facebook.
Would anyone trust Facebook based on his record of service with a virtual copy of their homes and businesses? Can users trust that the shared cards that they make and the personal data stored in them will not end up in the wrong hands? If bad actors manipulate the persistent content of Live Maps because they have the news feed from American voters, how will Facebook handle this? generation of AR experiences. But it also has a reputation that can just as easily refuel the idea and – in the worst case – can tear down the rest of the industry.