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Facebook may be making AR glasses after all.
The social media giant recently moved hundreds of employees from its Facebook Reality Labs research division to a totally new unit devoted to augmented reality hardware, according to Business Insider.
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This hardware is expected to include Facebook's much-anticipated AR glasses.
The team is believed to be led by Michael Abrash, an AR/VR exec, as well as Andrew 'Boz' Bosworth, Facebook's vice president of augmented reality and virtual reality.
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Facebook confirmed the move in a statement to Business Insider, saying that the team includes 'a few hundred people.'
A source who claims to have played with a prototype of Facebook's AR glasses told Business Insider that the glasses closely resemble a pair of typical eyeglasses.
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The glasses are also expected to be more minimalist and light than AR headsets like Microsoft's Hololens or Magic Leap.
'They look like really high-end glasses,' the source told Business Insider.
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'It's light enough to not feel heavy on your face, and it wasn't light enough to feel like you could just sit down on and break them.'
The source added that they expect the glasses to launch around 2022, but the Facebook spokesperson disputed this, saying that the company is working on several AR products that may not ever be released.
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Facebook has voiced an interest in AR glasses before.
Most recently, Ficus Kirkpatrick, Facebook's head of augmented reality, confirmed the company's AR ambitions in an interview with TechCrunch.
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'Well of course we're working on it,' Kirkpatrick said in the interview.
'We are building hardware products. We're going forward on this...We want to see those glasses come into reality, and I think we want to play our part in helping to bring them...
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