Lenovo ThinkReality A3, nReal Light, Ray-Ban Stories, and standard glasses, both from the left to the right.
It may be the future, but that doesn't mean we'll be abandoning our phones anytime soon. According to Ruben Castano, Motorola's head of customer experience, who spoke with CNET exclusively ahead of the company's.
"It will always be the smartphone," Castano said when asked how the future use of smartphones and smart glasses will influence him. "The smartphone is a very personal skill. It's something you always carry with you."
As my colleagues Scott Stein and Andrew Morse describe the metaverse as a broad term that describes online spaces where people can work, play, and interact via digital avatars. However, the concept itself isn't new, although it has sparked interest lately as businesses include and made it a major component of their businesses.
Gigabytes, as well as Meta, and Microsoft, have progressed in the development of smart glasses and VR eyewear in recent years. Both advancements are expected to play a crucial role in the future of personal technology. If the metaverse becomes the next major evolution of the social internet, then smart glasses might one day be our own.
According to Castano, a future in which people are frequently using smart glasses is far out. For the time being, the most common metaverse iterations will be the ones we can access in our hands. Minecraft, Fortnite, and Roblox are among the games that we have seen today.
Roblox is a metaverse experience that does not require wearable glasses.
"It's a real reality, and there are many different flavors of that," Castano said in reference to the metaverse. "I believe that normal consumers will still be able to access a lot of this metaverse, of this digital overlay, via their phone directly."
Motorola is well-known for its phones, but it's also exploring new technologies like smart glasses. Motorola's newly announced Edge Plus phone has been developed as a software development platform for virtual reality glasses. Motorola recently expanded its mobile app, which is designed to house computing components in order to make smart glasses less expensive.
Castano believes that smart glasses and the metaverse are "highly appropriate" devices for the use of the smart glasses. However, they shouldn't be considered a replacement for the phone, and the two devices will likely work in tandem.
It's a testament to the changing nature of phones. While it's true that we most often use them for communication, reading emails, and watching movies, they're also becoming our digital wallets, car keys, and connection hub for newer devices such as smartwatches and wireless headphones.
"More and more intelligent devices are becoming available to consumers," says a customer. "But at the end of the day, the phone will always be used as a central controller."
While smart glasses are still expected to become ubiquitous, it's important to keep battery life and phone compatibility in place. It's no surprise that smart glasses will play a major role in our lives, if anything. However, what appears to be clear is that smartphones will be a major part of that transition.
Castano said, "We're still not there yet. But we're still planting the seeds right now."