Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Facebook Smart Glasses Coming ‘Sooner Than Later’ Without AR

  • Company has more than 6,000 staff on AR, VR and hardware tasks
  • Zuckerberg seeking the next computer platform after smartphone
Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the F8 Developers Conference in San Jose in 2017. 

Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the F8 Developers Conference in San Jose in 2017. 

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Facebook Inc.’s planned smart glasses will arrive “sooner than later” in 2021, but won’t feature the kind of digital overlay technology that is associated with augmented reality, according to hardware chief Andrew Bosworth.

The glasses, which are being built in partnership with Ray-Ban and parent Luxottica Group SpA, will connect to a device -- though users won’t be able to overlay digital objects onto their real-world view, a foundational element of AR.