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Social networking colossus Facebook has announced that it is attempting to make a ‘technical ‘breakthrough in relation to developing and manufacturing futuristic ‘smart glasses’ specifically designed to allow you see to see virtual objects in the real world.

It has emerged that Facebook published a patent application for a ‘waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner’ which was compiled by three members of its advanced research division of Facebook’s VR subsidiary Oculus.

It has been reported that the display may augment views of a physical, real-world environment with computer generated elements. In addition to this, the patent filing also suggested that the display being developed may be included in an eye-wear comprising a frame and a display assembly yhat presents media to a user’s eyes.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has previously expressed his belief that virtual and augmented reality - represents the next major computing platform which is capable of replacing smartphones and traditional PCs. Facebook acquired Oculus in 2014 for $2 billion and has announced its intentions to continue to invest billions on developing more revolutionary technology.

The ‘smart glasses’ currently being developed by Oculus will use a waveguide display in order to project light onto the wearer’s eyes instead of a more traditional display. However, it has also been claimed that the ‘smart glasses’ would be able to display images, video and be compatible with connected speakers or headphones to play audio when worn.

Facebook has thus far declined to comment on the patent application, but analysts have suggested that the social networking firm have adopted a similar approach to Microsoft, when they launched its HoloLens AR headset. Oculus’s ‘smart glasses’ have also drawn comparisons with glasses being developed by Google start-up Magic Leap.

Interestingly, one of the lead authors of Facebook’s patent application is optical scientist Pasi Saarikko who joined Facebook two years ago, after he spearheaded the optical design of HoloLens at Microsoft. However, despite the announcement being made in relation to work commencing on Facebook’s ‘smart glasses’, analysts have claimed don’t expect to see the device anytime soon.

Chief scientist of Oculus, Michael Abrash said AR glasses won’t start replacing smartphones until 2022. He said, “20 or 30 years from now, I predict that instead of carrying stylish smartphones everywhere, we’ll wear stylish glasses. Those glasses will offer VR, AR and everything in between, and we’ll use them all day.”

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The French capital of Paris is one of the most famous cities in the world - famed for its wonderful culture, fantastic cuisine and historical landmarks. However, French authorities are now set to give the go ahead to futuristic egg shaped ‘river taxis’ which would dramatically reshape the landscape of this beautiful city.

Paris is set to become the first city in the world to introduce high-tech environmentally-friendly ‘flying’ river taxis into its public transportation system. The clever innovation is the brainchild of French yachtsman Alain Thebault and Swedish windsurfer Anders Bringdal – and it has caught the imagination of the Parisian public as they take one of their first steps towards transforming Paris into a high-tech smart city.

The river taxis will be trialed next spring at the request of the environmentally conscious city hall. The futuristic egg shaped taxis are constructed from a combination of fiberglass and high-density foam; the vessel will be powered through solar energy and can carry five people at a time. The inventors have claimed that the rivers taxis can accumulate speeds of up to 30kmh due to fixed hulls which reduce drag and enable the shuttle to float.

However, the charismatic Frenchman indicated that if he had received more help from the relevant authorities in London then he would’ve launched the innovation in the English capital.

He revealed that a number of private firms and city authorities reached out to him to find out more about his project – but he received nothing from London officials and he was subsequently forced to revise his initial plans for his high-tech cabs.

Mr Thebault said,” If London had helped us out I think we would have started out there. There was interest from private firms, but we heard nothing from London officials. Next spring we will hold a public demonstration on the Seine in front of the National Assembly (parliament) in Paris with five Sea Bubble.”

There has also been interest expressed from authorities in New York City who want to secure the high-tech cabs for the River Hudson, while Californian officials have also expressed their interest in the invention. However, the French inventor has insisted that he will not take any orders until the prototype has been completed.

“There has been interest, but we are taking no orders at the moment. We first have to finish the prototype,” Mr Thebault said, adding that he hopes that the Sea Bubble may eventually become driverless. “Once we have gone beyond the prototype and have fully developed the Sea Bubble, we might, after Paris, begin with London or Geneva.”

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