Google’s Iris augmented reality glasses project may still be in the works, despite previous reports of its cancellation. Evidence suggesting the revival of the project was discovered during a recent teardown of the Google app on Android. The teardown revealed a new string tagged “iris,” which indicates a different method for activating the Google Assistant.
Instead of using the voice command “Hey Google,” users may soon be able to activate the Assistant by long-pressing on their right temple. This development suggests that Google is working on integrating Iris with its virtual assistant. However, it is still uncertain whether Google will release Iris as its own hardware or partner with another original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
Earlier speculations surrounding Google’s AR glasses project mentioned a potential inspiration from Focals by North, which utilize ring-worn controls for interaction. If integrated with the Google Assistant, the smart glasses could enable users to perform typical Assistant actions, such as making calls and setting timers, using voice commands, and gestures.
The release of proper AR smart glasses from Google has been highly anticipated, and the recent evidence suggests that the project may finally see the light of day. However, it remains to be seen if this revived version of Iris will come to fruition.
In addition to Google, Samsung is also expected to unveil their Android-powered answer to XR headsets in the coming months. These new devices will compete with products like Apple’s Vision Pro and Meta Quest lineup. The competition in the AR smart glasses market is heating up, and consumers can expect more options to choose from soon.
As technology continues to advance, AR glasses have the potential to transform various industries, including gaming, healthcare, and education. With the integration of virtual assistants and other smart features, these devices can provide users with a more immersive and interactive experience.
It is an exciting time for AR enthusiasts and technology enthusiasts alike, as advancements in hardware and software continue to push the boundaries of what is possible. Stay tuned for updates on the progress of Google’s Iris project and the future of AR smart glasses.