Google develops an augmented reality operating system
Compared with Apple and Facebook, Google has been silent on its plans for augmented reality glasses. As Google is actively recruiting to develop an "augmented reality operating system" for an unspecified "innovative AR device", this situation has begun to change.
Mark Lucovsky shared today the "Google Augmented Reality Operating System Team" he is now leading. Before this, he served as the operating system general manager of Oculus VR/Facebook/Meta for 4 years. Early in his career, Lucovsky worked at Microsoft for 16 years, then from 2004 to 2009 at Google.
There are several open positions in the augmented reality operating system, one of which clearly states the goal:
Our team is building software components that control and manage the hardware of augmented reality (AR) products. These are software components that run on AR devices and are the closest to hardware. As Google added products to the AR portfolio, the OS foundation team was the first software team to use the new hardware.
More broadly, the Google Augmented Reality (AR) team previously added the word “and virtual reality” to the team’s name. Their mission is to “lay the foundation for powerful immersive computing and prototyping, and provide users with A rewarding and enjoyable experience."
We focus on providing immersive computing to billions of people through mobile devices, and our scope is constantly expanding and developing.
The augmented reality team makes computing more perceptual, immersive, and accessible. In this position, you will be responsible for building and optimizing the underlying software that builds our products.
Senior software engineer, embedded ML, augmented reality operating system
Various requirements include "knowledge of the Linux kernel and driver model" and "experience in real-time operating system (RTOS) development".
These bases are located in the United States and Waterloo, where the North team responsible for Focals is located, was acquired by Google last year. The augmented reality operating system team is under the equipment and services team responsible for Pixel, Nest and other hardware.
At the same time, Google already has Android, Chrome OS and Cast operating systems, as well as Fuchsia. The company now seems to be turning to another operating system to support next-generation hardware, which will have different requirements, such as voice commands and visual recognition that may need to be turned on all the time.