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The Race for AR Glasses Starts Now

•, Steven Levy

"We know what we really want: AR glasses," said Oculus's chief scientist Michael Abrash at Facebook's F8 developers' conference in April. "They aren't here yet, but when they arrive they're going to be the great transformational technologies of the next 50 years." He predicted that in the near future, "instead of carrying stylish smartphones everywhere, we'll be wearing stylish glasses." And he added that "these glasses will offer AR, VR, and everything in between, and we'll wear them all day and we'll use them in every aspect of our lives.

"That may seem surprising to those still thinking of mixed-reality wearables as a series of over-promises: Google Glass's humiliating stumble; Snapchat's low-selling Spectacles; Magic Leap's epically late headset; and, um, the disappointing initial sales of Oculus's own virtual-reality headsets. But you can write those off as baby steps, because all the big companies are going long on augmented reality.

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