Does Amazon make an XR device? New vacancies suggest yes
(Pocket Ribbon) – Several major tech companies, including Facebook, Apple, and Google, are all reportedly working on augmented reality devices.
Now you can add Amazon to that list.
The company is looking for a “new-to-world smart-home product” that uses “XR,” according to vacancies discovered for the first time according to protocol. XR is an abbreviation for extended reality. It is an umbrella term that encompasses the combination of virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality. Devices that claim to be capable of XR can deliver experiences that cover all three. While there aren’t many specific details in Amazon’s job listings, there’s one at a time”software engineer – XR/AR, XR/AR devices” which mentions “creating and developing key software and architecture for a new-to-world smart-home product”.
Another entry for a “Senior Technical Program Manager, New Products – XRnotes how the role requires the person to “develop an advanced XR research concept into a magical and useful new-to-world consumer product. The lists also call for experience-making”deep technical productsas well as experience in artificial intelligence, machine intelligence, robotics and games.
Keep in mind that Meta, formerly Facebook, is reportedly preparing to release its first AR goggles in 2024. Meanwhile, Apple’s AR/VR headset could be released in 2023, and Google is aiming for 2024 for its AR headset. Amazon may also see a future in AR/VR and is now building its own XR headset, though the company hasn’t confirmed anything publicly yet.
Amazon does have experience in making smart glasses. For example, it offers the Echo Frames (pictured above). While they don’t have XR capabilities, they are Alexa-enabled hardware glasses.
Written by Maggie Tillman.