- Google has apparently restarted its Project Iris, an augmented reality (AR) glasses project that was previously canceled in June this year.
- Google’s decision to revive Project Iris is seen as a move to compete with products like Apple’s Vision Pro and the Meta Quest lineup, highlighting the intense competition in the AR glasses market.
- Clues about the revival came through a beta update to the Google app, which introduced a new string with the tag ‘Iris.’ This string is connected to enabling Google Assistant to activate through a long press on the right temple of a device referred to as the ‘Iris device.’
- The report suggests that the Iris glasses will have deep integration with Google Assistant, enabling users to perform various tasks, such as making calls and setting timers, using gestures.
- Apple is also actively involved in the AR space, with reports suggesting the development of a more affordable version of its Apple Vision Pro headset, aimed at reducing costs by altering the chipset and display specifications.