Google is reportedly working on a new AR headset codenamed “Project Iris.” The Verge says that Google is working on a headset that uses outward-facing cameras to merge computer graphics with a video feed of the real world, creating a more immersive, mixed reality experience than current AR glasses.
Google’s Project Iris codenamed AR headset is in development
The prototypes being developed at a facility in the San Francisco Bay Area are similar to ski goggles and do not require a tethered power source to work. The report says the new AR headset is powered by a “custom Google processor.”
Google’s approach to mitigating power limitations is to remotely render some graphics and beam them into the headset over an internet connection.
Currently, Project Iris is reportedly running Android, but Google is looking to hire people in order to develop a new OS, so that might change in the future. The report says Google has intentions to release the product in 2024 but for now, there’s no “clearly defined go-to-market strategy.”
Right now, 300 employees are working on the project but Google will hire many more in the process.