Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke has been talking about the potential of augmented reality via high-tech glasses since at least 2017, and his company is approaching making it a reality. Today, Hanke tweeted an exciting teaser image that looks like a close-up of AR glasses, complete with lenses and a small speaker. It is currently unclear whether these will try to expand on the track to Google Glass and HoloLens, or whether they are intended for sound magnification such as Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo Frames.
Exciting to see the progress we are making in activating new types of devices that utilize our platform … pic.twitter.com/yYglk4q89G
̵1; John Hanke (@johnhanke) March 29, 2021
In 2019, Niantic announced a partnership with Qualcomm to work on AR glasses, before clarifying that they had no plans to make their own hardware and are actually building reference designs that others can produce. Since then, it has gotten a head start on activating its world-class AR plans, and announced an expanded partnership with Nintendo that will include a new Pikmin game that will be launched soon.