Consumer Smart Glasses Gain Incumbent Traction with Facebook and Will Comfortably Grow into Enterprise

by Eric Abbruzzese | 2Q 2020 | IN-5790
Facebook has been on record with its Augmented Reality (AR) activity, and some high-level plans, for a while now, but recently a hardware component that has been cemented for the company through display manufacturer Plessey is currently focused on MicroLED manufacture, which is seen as a next-generation display option after Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED), and has been a partner for other notable AR names like Vuzix. A manufacturing agreement like this is not uncommon among the smaller AR Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) but is so far unique among the heavy hitters like Facebook. Apple has made hardware acquisitions, but no confirmed manufacturing agreements are known, and equally little is confirmed around what an Apple AR Head-Mounted Device (HMD) will look like. This agreement includes a rare confirmation—or at least a strong likelihood—of what Facebook’s hardware will include, offering a glimpse into future efforts from not only Facebook but also other major operators.

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