Google is working on an augmented reality headset that will be run by a custom chip. The company expects that the gadget will make its debut in 2024, according to a report by The Verge. Internally, the headset is known as Project Iris.

Reportedly, Google is said to have about 300 staffers working on the device and plans to get hundreds more on the initiative. The scope of the project seems to indicate the metaverse is being taken seriously. Recently, Apple announced that its headset would be delayed due to some issues.

With this many companies making headsets, the AR market seems poised for a meteoric rise.

Early stages still

The target for Google is to launch the product in 2024. It is believed that the debut could be pushed back because Project Iris appears to still be in its infant stages. The company has not come out with a clear plan for how to enter the market.

Even though some of the foundational aspects of the project are not yet done, Google has already put together several prototypes.

The devices are said to look like a pair of ski goggles and can operate without needing an external power source.

A new big player

We hope this doesn’t turn out to be vaporware. Recently, the company posted job listings related to waveguides, which are commonly used for AR displays.

Google acquired Canadian smart glasses startup North Inc. Inc in 2020 for a deal that cost a reported $180 million, bringing in technology the search engine giant needed.

If the Google headset launches, it will have to compete with Meta Platform and Apple. Both companies are big players that will be rushing to capitalize on technology’s new frontier- the Matrix come to life.