On July 19, 2022, Google announced testing for new smart glasses with augmented reality technology. Inevitably, the question that has been rising in the tech industry since 2013—when Google launched their first smart glasses—returned: Will smart glasses replace smartphones?
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes that smart glasses will replace smartphones by 2030. The inventor of the Microsoft Hololens, Alex Kipman agrees, and tells Bloomberg that “smartphones are dead,” but people don’t know it yet. Even top smartphone makers agree that something big is inevitably coming.
Nokia’s CEO Pekka Lundmark speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, said that 6G will be a reality by 2030, but users will not connect to it with their smartphones, they will connect with smart glasses, CNBC reported.
Glasses like Toshiba’s dynaEdge, Magic Leap One, Microsoft Hololens and Google’s Enterprise Glass Edition, have sold and performed well but mostly target the industrial and business sector. They are used in smart factories, to train technical workers, conduct inspections, run digital twins and are even worn by NASA Astronauts.