CNBC reports that Facebook's Reality Labs have partnered with Luxottica, owner of, amongst others, the Ray-Ban and Oakley brands, to develop augmented reality glasses which they believe could replace your smartphone.
The project, internally codenamed Orion, will allow users to take calls and show information in a display. Plus users would also be able to live stream content to their followers on Facebook. These new glasses are meant to replace smartphones, which is frankly an absurd idea. Several companies, including Microsoft, Google, and Snap (Snapchat parent company), have already tried their hands and failed. Another wearable device that is said to be under test is a ring that has motion sensors installed in it. The company not only makes glasses but also owns dozens of glasses retailers as well, the most notable Sunglass Hut.
The challenge for now, CNBC says, is reducing the size of the device into an appealing form factor. The company has struggled with the development of the project and also led to seek help. CNBC reports that the company is hoping to launch the products as early as 2023, but that it they could be held up until 2025.
Smart glasses aren't a completely new concept.
Exactly which Facebook smart glasses the Luxotica partnership involves however, is not entirely clear. Besides Facebook, other companies are working on their versions of smart glasses. Luxottica has previously worked on this technology, partnering with Google back in 2014 for the Google Glass.
Facebook sees the technology as an eventual replacement to mobile phones.
Facebook or Luxottica have yet to comment, although Mark Zuckerberg has said in the past that he considers their AR project a high priority. Plenty of time ahead to that, though.