A year later, Facebook’s Project Aria glasses were finally revealed


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About this time last year, Facebook published a research project on glasses-style AR wearable devices called “Aria” for internal engineering staff. The detailed specifications were a mystery at the time, and Facebook’s descriptions were more based on vision rather than actual products. Now a year later, Project Aria’s glasses hardware content has finally been exposed in a series of FCC articles, allowing us to explore the details of this “research project.”

According to the manual, Project Aria’s glasses development code is “Gemini EVT”, where EVT is the abbreviation of Engineering Valuation Test. It does not actually carry any AR display, it is only used to test the operation and use of the camera and other sensors. There are a total of four cameras on the Gemini EVT, which are the same as those used in Oculus Quest 2, which is not surprising given that they were released at about the same time. Other sensors include proximity sensors near the bridge of the nose.

Gemini EVT is driven by Qualcomm processors and uses a customized version of Android as the operating system. Charging is carried out via USB, and a magnetic mechanism is used at the end of the glasses. In addition to the switch and shutter button on the glasses, there is also a “mute” button, and an LED light that reminds people nearby that the camera is recording. On the mobile phone, there is an iOS app code-named Ariane, which is responsible for device settings, searching for WiFi, displaying battery status, and receiving photos and videos sent by the glasses. But it is not certain whether Ariane has a corresponding Android app or only developed the iOS version.

In any case, Aria is not a product that consumers can buy. As Facebook said at the time of publication, this is just a research project, so it’s not surprising that the features are positive. Mainly since Aria was published, there seems to be no more text. I don’t know if this year’s research has brought Aria closer to mass production?

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