Full AR Won't Be Realized For Another 5-10 Years, Oculus Says

The current crop of AR devices have a long way to go to fulfill Michael Abrash's vision of the future.


Much like virtual reality, augmented reality is in its infancy. VR, which puts you into a world or situation through the use of special optics and headset, is a bit further along with the likes of HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. But AR, which superimposes an image over the user's view of the real world, has only scratched the surface. Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash thinks that full implementation of AR is at least 5-10 years away.

“Full AR will not be an occasional or special case device,” Abrash said during Facebook's F8 developer conference (via UploadVR). “It will be your always-on helper continually aware of your surroundings, your context, and your history. Constantly mixing the real and virtual worlds to serve your needs and keep you connected.”

While many might have experience rudimentary AR through mobile game Pokemon Go, Abrash said the device he envisions will be “glasses that enhance your vision and hearing seamlessly, that make you smarter and more capable, and that are light, comfortable, stylish, power efficient, and socially acceptable to be a constant part of your life.”

Even today's best equipment has nothing on what AR should be down the road. All areas that utilize VR need upgrades and better tech for this to become a reality, and anything "state of the art" may be the best in a couple years, but far from the immersion Abrash foresees.

But when it finally does happen, “I predict that AR will involve the greatest leap in the nature of human/computer interactions since the mouse and GUI,” he said.

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    April 21, 2017 4:30 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Full AR Won't Be Realized For Another 5-10 Years, Oculus Says

    • Zek legacy 10 years
      April 21, 2017 4:38 PM

      The battery alone seems like a huge problem with the sort of functionality people are imagining. I expect my glasses to be much lighter and smaller than my phone, and my phone can't do AR stuff for more than an hour or two.

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      April 21, 2017 5:41 PM

      Sounds like one of those techs that's going to be constantly 5-10 years away.

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        April 21, 2017 6:41 PM

        Like mainstream VR

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        April 22, 2017 10:05 AM

        He's talking about what he defines as "full AR". He goes on to explain what AR would be. If it was fully realized in everyday life- the perfect implementation. Yeah no shit that version of AR is 5-10 years away.

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      April 24, 2017 8:32 AM

      No shit?!
      Been saying this since this VR/AR nonsense was announced.
      Even that estimate seems highly, highly optimistic.

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