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Meta’s big vision for face computers might be better than Apple’s

Front view of the Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses on a colorful background
My skeptic spouse is now obsessed with these smart glasses. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Face computers are the future, but the world as we know it isn’t quite ready. That’s the conclusion both Apple and Meta have arrived at. You can see it in the Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses and the Apple Vision Pro. Both fall short of what we imagine true augmented reality ought to be, but that’s not their ultimate purpose. They’re designed to prime the public for the future by giving them a taste of it now.

And Meta’s smart glasses do a better job of that so far.

I’m not saying the Vision Pro is a bad product. I haven’t spent enough time with it, but what time I did spend cemented that it is the most technologically impressive mixed reality headset I’ve ever tried. If we’re talking pure hardware innovation, the Vision Pro blasts Meta’s…

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