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first_imgStay on target From social network to tech titan, Facebook has grown from a limited-membership website to a global phenomenon.But it isn’t stopping at online features: The company is reportedly working on a pair of smart glasses to rival Google, Microsoft, Sony, and Snapchat.As noted by Business Insider, a recently published patent application for a “waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner” hints at Facebook’s (and virtual reality subsidiary Oculus’s) work on a new wearable.The display, according to the patent, “may augment views of a physical, real-world environment with computer generated elements” like images, video, and sound.Even more telling, it “may be included in an eye-wear comprising a frame and a display assembly that presents media to a user’s eyes.”That certainly sounds like a pair of smart glasses to me.Facebook in 2014 bought Oculus VR for $2 billion, promising to bring the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset into the social media fold.At April’s annual F8 developer conference, company chief Mark Zuckerberg detailed the firm’s future in augmented reality, highlighting a pair of AR glasses.Little is known about the device, which uses a waveguide display to project light onto the wearer’s eyes (think Microsoft HoloLens) and connects with speakers or headphones to play audio.Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Don’t expect the prospective eyewear to hit shelves anytime soon: Zuck already noted that it’s “going to take a long time to make this work.”Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash echoed that timeline, adding that augmented reality goggles won’t start replacing handsets until at least 2022.“Twenty or 30 years from now, I predict that instead of carrying stylish smartphones everywhere, we’ll wear stylish glasses,” he said at this year’s developer conference, as reported by Business Insider. “Those glasses will offer VR, AR, and everything in between, and we’ll use them all day.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class FlightsGeek Pick: HP Reverb Is Clear-Eyed Virtual Reality last_img read more