Facebook unveiled its prototype project called “Project Aria”, the next-generation wearable augmented reality glasses. Meanwhile, in the Facebook Lab, these glasses will use sensors to capture video and audio from the wearer’s point of view, as well as eye movement and location data to help Facebook engineers and programmers figure out how AR can work in practice.
The goal of Project Aria is to learn in a safe and secure environment. Project Aria glasses will initially be made available to a limited group of Facebook employees and contractors that will be trained on when and where to use the device. The company will be asking people of diverse backgrounds to participate in the program to create an accurate and varied view of the world.
Project Aria glasses are not a consumer product, nor are they an AR glasses prototype. The glasses do not include a display and research participants cannot directly view the video or listen to audio captured by the device, but participants can view low-resolution thumbnails via a companion app installed on their phone for the purpose of deleting segments of data. It will use encryption to store the data on the Aria device and a secure ingestion system to upload data from the research devices to Facebook’s separate, designated back-end storage space.
LiveMaps uses computer vision to construct a virtual representation of the parts of the world that are relevant to you. With these 3D maps, Facebook’s future devices will be able to efficiently see, analyze, and understand the world around them and better serve those who use them. These devices will keep track of changes, like new street names, and update them in real-time. The Project Aria device is testing out how this can work in practice.