WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that smart glasses can be used to “teleport” by 2030.
- The technology will also help fight climate change as the use of it will possibly lessen travels.
- Facebook plans to release a pair of smart glasses in partnership with Ray-Ban later this year.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that smart glasses can be used by 2030 to “teleport,” so people can have the virtual experience similar to being practically together.
The smart glass technology aims to replace headset-based digital experience and allow in-person meetings, which can also help in solving climate change as it will reduce travels.
In an interview with The Information, Zuckerberg said, ″Obviously, there are going to keep on being cars and planes and all that. But the more that we can teleport around, not only are we personally eliminating commutes and stuff that’s kind of a drag for us individually, but I think that’s better for society and for the planet overall, too.”
The CEO added that the ultimate vision in the making looks like a normal pair of computer-driven glasses that can display content alongside the real world using transparent displays.
“There are going to be all these awesome use cases that come from this…. rather than calling someone or having a video chat, you just kind of snap your fingers and teleport, and you’re sitting there and they’re on their couch and it feels like you’re there together,” Zuckerberg said.
One advantage the CEO can think of it is its AR-powered teleportation ability, which can make workers “basically teleport to work.” With climate change becoming an important issue today, the 36-year-old CEO said that it can be a simple answer to climate change.
“People are just going to want to maybe travel a little less in the future and do it more efficiently, and be able to go places without having to take the travel or commute time,” he said.
Zuckerberg’s ideas could hook people to buy as they represent a cohesive vision from an industry leader of what augmented reality technology can do for consumers. This innovation in the pipeline may not only help in combating climate change, but can also facilitate virtual in-person communication.
The interview with The Information has happened as Facebook plans to release a pair of smart glasses in partnership with Ray-Ban later this year. The project won’t be “full AR” though and won’t display advanced virtual objects. The social media company, however, intends to release more advanced AR glasses in the future.
The futuristic CEO believes that virtual reality will be a hit before transitioning to augmented reality. He calls both the “two sides of the same coin.”