Niantic, the development studio behind Pokémon GO has recently confirmed development on their own set or augmented reality glasses.
Niantic CTO Phil Kelsin recently spoke at the Qualcomm Summit, announcing their plans for a set of AR glasses. Little to no details were given beyond that, however. What we DO know is that the glasses will be a multi-year effort between Niantic and Qualcomm. It will also be powered by the XR2 chipset, a newly released piece of technology that allows for more advanced AR programs.
Phone screen AR is cool, but having to hold up and look through the limited view of a phone isn’t the most comfortable. The next step forward then is with AR glasses. These, when worn, display imagery in front of the wearer, potentially as if they are in the world in front of them.
It’d be great to see a glasses-based AR option release for Pokémon GO. We just hope the glasses won’t be too expensive.