AR News: Google patents holograms, Facebook confirms AR projects

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If you were still having doubts about the rivalry between Google and Facebook, after the last weeks they have been for sure deleted, thanks to the news which saw the two giants as main characters of a run to augmented reality.

Less than ten days ago all the main pages of virtual and augmented reality-related online newspapers’ were full with the news about Google’s new patent, that gave new hopes on further development of the seesawing Google Glass project (now Project Aura): big G, in fact, patented a system to superimpose holograms to reality through a headset in a document titled “Lightguide With Multiple In-Coupling Holograms For Head Wearable Display“.

In the patent some diagrams show how the company can merge CGI imagery (Computer Generated Imagery) with its Glass to create a device very similar to Microsoft HoloLens.

Of course, the registration of the patent doesn’t give the certainty of the development and use of this technology, but linking this news with Google’s big investment ($542 millions) in Magic Leap, it’s clear how all this can lead to some kind of future for one of the most waited devices in the augmented reality world.

11232118_10102175618819241_7572979522374295442_nIn the middle of the ferment that this news created among the augmented reality fans, last Wednesday Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook, confirmed that the Team of the famous social network is working to developments linked to this avant-garde technology. During his speech at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit, someone asked if Facebook is working on augmented reality, and he answered with an enthusiastic “yes!”.

Facebook isn’t new to avant-garde technologies related to wearables and visors, since it’s the company owner of the famous virtual reality headset Oculus Rift; nevertheless, as Michael Abrash, chief scientist of Oculus VR, said, if virtual reality is at a good point, the way to arrive to augmented reality is a bit longer and complicated.

We are curious about which one of the companies will be the first releasing a working project related to augmented reality: what’s your guess? Let us know 🙂