One of the downsides of augmented reality glasses is that you have to be connected up to WIFI for them to work. This negates being able to walk around the city with them on and utilize all of their features. A number of new job postings at Meta point to new glasses with 5G cellar integrated into the frames, giving people constant access anywhere and everywhere.
Meta Reality labs is the research arm of Meta. This is where all of the research and development is done. They have created things like the Quest 2, as well as the Portal video calling devices, with a new high-end VR headset featuring more sensors and a slimmer profile planned for later this year. Meta is also reportedly planning a watch to release this year. They also implemented their own virtual assistant found inside the $299 Ray-Ban Stories Smartglasses.The dual 5MP cameras capture up for 30 seconds of video or images. An LED lights up when the glasses are recording or taking a photo. There’s also built-in Bluetooth support and a 3-microphone audio array allowing you to connect to your phone to take calls or listen to apps.
- “Antenna Research Scientist” mentions a “focus on antenna innovations and new architectures to push forward the state of wireless technologies for augmented reality” with the specific responsibility to “Develop WiFi/BT/GPS/Cellular and mmWave antenna concepts for AR/VR products.” The minimum qualifications mention “5+ years of experience in multi-band antenna design with a proven record of designing and shipping high volume consumer products” with 5G, LTE and other wireless technologies listed, as well as the preferred qualification that an applicant be “Familiar with carrier certification process” and “regulatory requirements” from bodies like the United States Federal Communications Commission.
- “Director, AR Product Quality Engineering” lists among its preferred qualifications “Experience with products that meet Telecom Carrier and or FDA quality requirements”.
- “Lead Wireless Carrier Engineer” mentions the position will “manage the technical certification requirements from the cellular carriers (such as Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange, DT, etc. for US and/or the global market)” and be “a single point of contact for all the matters related to the initial engagement with the target carriers.” Under preferred qualifications, Meta seeks “Experience in working on the cellular products such as high-end smartphones and wearables from major brands.”
- “Cellular Firmware Engineer” will work as part of a team “covering the integration of cellular stack (4G/5G) from third party vendors in our Facebook Reality Labs product portfolio” with “Knowledge of Android Telephony” preferred.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.