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Are Apple’s upcoming AR glasses already obsolete?

May 3, 2023


The future of augmented reality (AR) glasses is clear. At least it used to be. Then OpenAI happened.

Specifically, the focus of AR has been following the Microsoft Hololens/Magic Leap idea, where billions are spent on the R&D goal of anchoring high-definition 3D digital objects to physical spaces. The Holy Grail is that, say, a realistic monkey avatar can not only stand on a real table, but can hide behind it — or a topographical interactive map sitting on the floor.

In order to achieve these feats of visualization, companies like Microsoft and Magic Leap require massive processing power, massive hardware that can’t be worn while walking around — and massive price tags.

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