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Facebook's Chief Scientist Believes Smartphone's Future is Dark, Super Augmented Reality Glasses Taking Over

By Jacques Strauss, | April 21, 2017

With over 90 million customers, the company founded by Mark Zuckerberg is on a mission to provide the best AR experience. (YouTube)

With over 90 million customers, the company founded by Mark Zuckerberg is on a mission to provide the best AR experience. (YouTube)

Facebook's chief scientist has predicted a grim future for smartphones. He believes that augmented reality (AR) will take over.

With over 90 million customers, the company founded by Mark Zuckerberg is on a mission to provide the best AR experience. Experts from the company believe that five years from now, smartphones will not be the trend, instead augmented reality hardware will have the spotlight.

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"[I]t will be five years at best before we're really at the start of the ramp to widespread, glasses-based augmented reality before AR has its Macintosh moment. 20 or 30 years from now, I predict that instead of carrying stylish smartphones everywhere, we'll wear stylish glasses. Those glasses will offer [virtual reality], AR, and everything in between, and we'll use them all day," Futurism quoted Facebook Chief Scientist Michael Abrash saying.

To show that Facebook is a firm believer of augmented reality, the tech giant recently launched its first augmented reality Camera Effects platform. The platform will be made available on smartphones until it becomes compatible with future augmented reality hardware, like the AR eyeglasses, according to Tech Crunch.

Concerning their AR glasses, Facebook's Oculus team gas suggested that it would be more than just an AR-glass, it is a super AR glass as it will have functionalities besides simply augmenting reality.

The future AR device from the said company will reportedly provide users with "superpowers." The device will be able to enhance the user's memory, providing them with instant foreign and sign language translation, as well as isolating and muting distracting sounds and noise.

There is no telling on what will happen to smartphones five years from now or even the future of AR technology. It is quite difficult to digest that smartphones will only be a thing of the past in the coming years.

Watch a preview of AR technology below:


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