Though the Next Big Thing won’t appear for a while, we know what it will look like: a lightweight, always-on wearable that obliterates the divide between the stuff we see on screens and the stuff we see when we look up.
“We know what we really want: AR glasses,” said Oculus’s chief scientist Michael Abrash at Facebook’s developers’ conference in April. “They aren’t here yet, but when they arrive they’re going to be the great transformational technologies of the next 50 years.”
He predicted that in the near future, “instead of carrying stylish smartphones everywhere, we’ll be wearing stylish glasses.” And he added that “these glasses will offer AR, VR, and everything in between, and we’ll wear them all day and we’ll use them in every aspect of our lives.”
That may seem surprising to those thinking a series of over-promises.