Facebook is working on some terrible augmented reality hats
No one wants this.
Facebook wants to show that it’s down with technology, and is creating some augmented reality headwear that wouldn’t look out of place at any streetwear clothing retailer. Well, except for the fedora, we’re not exactly sure why that exists.
To be honest, we’re not really sure why any of these designs exist. Augmented reality’s main draw is that it’s supposed to overlay on your field of vision, unobtrusively and without interfering with the real world.
These designs in Facebook’s patent application are anything but, with clunky visors that can be folded back up under the brim of the hat that they’re attached to when you don’t want to see them. And, that’s a good thing, because you won’t want to keep them in your vision.
Whether you opt for the baseball cap or the fedora (or the cowboy hat, because Texas), Facebook thinks its headgear is the future of AR, and a solution for the current headsets which are “thick, heavy, and unbalanced and/or may generated excessive heat that is uncomfortable against the user’s skin.”
That’s true enough, and having the visor far enough from the users face could help, but it’s kinda goofy.
I think I’ve seen this design before though, in 1995’s Johnny Mnemonic, when Keanu Reeves had a USB stick implanted in his brain. In the film, Reeves used a visor and some tactile gloves to hack into cyberspace, and oh boy that looks like Facebook’s patent imaginings.
Maybe they’ll look different when they actually release, or maybe Facebook has decided that it’s going to beam AR straight into our brains so we don’t need glasses anymore. Whatever, reality is overrated.
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